Emergencies

There are very few true orthodontic emergencies but we are always available to help you. If you have a broken appliance or are experiencing intense pain, please call us as soon as possible. We will do our best to fit you into the schedule for an appointment. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call immediately to notify us that you need an appliance repaired.

Surprisingly, most orthodontic problems can be remedied at home. While you await your appointment, these guidelines can help you resolve minor problems. Please know that even if you alleviate the pain caused by your broken appliance you still need a repair appointment.

Lost Separator

Some patients will lose a separator during their treatment. We will give you extra separators and instructions on how to replace them when the separators are initially placed.  If you can't get them inserted or they keep coming out, please call our office

Sore Teeth/Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

Right after you get your braces and sometimes after you have an adjustment appointment, your teeth will feel sore. To alleviate the pain, you may take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. 

Wire Irritations

Try covering the wire with a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers that have been cleaned with alcohol.

Loose Bracket

Please call our office to inform us you have a loose bracket.  Even if you already have an appointment scheduled, we need you to call so we can schedule extra time to repair the bracket.  If the office is closed, please leave a message on the machine and we will return your call the next day the office is open.  There is no need to have our team member "on call" paged to inform them of the loose bracket. If you have a situation where you must cut the wire you may use nail clippers that have been cleaned with alcohol. 

Loose Wire

Try putting the wire back in place using tweezers that have been cleaned with alcohol. If you have a situation where you must cut the wire, you may use nail clippers that have been cleaned with alcohol. Cut the wire behind the last bracket in which it is secured.