There are very few true orthodontic emergencies, but we are always available to help you. If you have a broken appliance or are experiencing pain, please call us as soon as possible. We will do our best to fit you into our 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 will 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

Do not worry about losing a separator, but please call our office during office hours to see if it needs to be replaced.

Sore Teeth/Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

Right after you get your braces, and sometimes after you have an adjustment appointment, your teeth and mouth may feel sore. To alleviate the discomfort, you may take ibuprofin, acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. You can also use warm saltwater rinse, which is a mixture of one teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of water.

Wire Irritations

Try pushing the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small amount of wax.

Loose Bracket

First, call our office to see if the bracket needs to be re-bonded prior to your next visit. 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 the next business day to schedule a repair appointment.

Loose Wire

Try putting the wire back in place using tweezers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If that does not work, try putting wax over the wire where it is poking you. If you have a situation where you must cut the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Cut the wire behind the last bracket in which it is secured.

Loose  Bonded Retainers for Patients in Retention Phase

If your bonded retainer becomes loose or breaks at anytime during the retention phase, please do not adjust it yourself or pull it off.  Call our office to schedule an appointment.  Additionally, if you see any tooth movement of your lower front teeth, your bonded retainer may be loose and you may not be aware of it.  Please call our office to schedule an appointment.

Loose  Bonded Retainers for Completed Patients (over 1 year post treatment)

If your bonded retainer becomes loose, contact our office to discuss options for night time retention for long-term maintenance. If you are no longer in the area you can contact your dentist or another orthodontist to repair or remove your loose bonded retainer.