Orthodontic Emergencies

Advice On Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic emergencies are rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, most problems and discomfort can be resolved at home. Typical issues and solutions are described below. If you do encounter a situation that you can not resolve, please call our office for advice or to schedule an appointment.

Emergency Contact

(941) 720-0554

(Please use only in true painful orthodontic emergencies)
a tooth giving an expression of being hurt.
Sore Teeth Are Sore After a Visit ...

You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth, heating pad or warm salt water rinses may reduce the soreness in your jaws..

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What if the Main Wire or Bracket Comes Loose?

First, call our office to see if the bracket needs to be replaced. If you have a situation where you must cut the wire or slide a bracket off the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office on the next business day to schedule a repair appointment.

 

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If Your Braces Cause Irritation ...

Try 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.

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If a Separator Comes Out ...

Try 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.