What to do if you need help outside of our office.
True orthodontic emergencies are few and far between. That is, most common issues can be resolved at home without much difficulty. However, if you face a problem that you cannot address, call our office immediately to schedule an appointment.
Here are some problems you can likely remedy on your own:
If your teeth are sore after a visit, you can take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. Application of a warm washcloth or heated pad to the sore area may help, too. Also, a warm saltwater rinse is recommended to reduce the soreness of your jaws.
If your braces cause irritation, try moving the wire away form the irritated area with a cotton swab or pencil eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. Should pain persist, you can cut the wire with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol.
If the main wire or a bracket comes loose, first you should call our office to see if the bracket needs to be refitted. In a situation that demands you cut the wire or slide a bracket off the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol to do so. Please call our office on the next business day to schedule a repair appointment.
It is common for some patients to lose a separator during treatment. If a separator comes out, you should call our office immediately to see if it needs to be replaced.