Orthodontics Emergency

lease contact the office if you are experiencing any discomfort or if you have any questions at all. You will find below a couple of simple steps that may help if you cannot contact us or if you need a quick solution.

Loose Bracket

A glued bracket may come loose, so you can remove it and put it in an envelope to bring to the office or just leave it where it already is if it is not causing you any irritation. Call us as soon as possible so that we can re-glue the bracket.

Poking Wire

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If there is a wire poking your gums or cheek, there are many things that you can try until you can come to the office for an appointment. You can try putting a ball of wax on the wire, you may also try using a nail clipper or a cuticle cutter to cut the extra wire that is sticking out. You can also turn the wire so that does not cause you any discomfort, but to do this you can use an eraser or a smooth object, and then put the annoying wire out of the way.

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Wire Out of Back Brace

Make sure that you avoid sticky or hard foods that may bend the wire or cause it to somehow come out of the back brace. If it does occur, you can use tweezers of needle nose pliers to put the wire back into the hole in the back brace. If you can’t do this, clip the wire to help ease the discomfort. Be sure to call the office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to replace the wire.

Poking Elastic (Rubber Band) Hook

Some brackets have small hooks on them, which can become irritating to your lips or cheeks. If this happens, you can use an eraser to carefully push the hook in, or you can place a ball of wax on the area in question to make it feel smooth.

Sore Teeth

You may be feeling some pain and discomfort after the beginning of your treatment or at the change of your wires or even the adjusting of appliances. This is very normal and should go away within 24-72 hours. Here are a few suggestions to help ease the discomfort:

  1. Rinse with warm water, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil), and eat a soft diet

  2. Chew on the sore teeth as it will make you feel better faster

  3. If you are in pain for more than a few days, call us and we will able to assist you.