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)
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..

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.

 

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.

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.