Specializing in Smiles

Emergency Info

There is NO true orthodontic emergency!

Call our office if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.

Simple Secrets

1. CALL OUR OFFICE WITH ANY CONCERNS OR QUESTIONS                                                     (a doctor is always on call after hours)

2. WAX

3. GISHY GOO - Available at our office for a minimal fee

Loose Brackets or Bands

Call our office for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted or the wire may need to be trimmed.  If you think you need to cut a wire outside of regular business hours, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule a repair appointment for you.

Wire Irritations

Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or 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. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.

Lost Separators

Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.