What should I do if I experience an orthodontic emergency? If you experience an orthodontic emergency, such as a broken or lost appliance, we urge you to call our office as soon as possible. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled soon, please call us immediately to let us know that you need an appliance repaired. We will also be able to provide you with any needed instructions on what to do until you can come in.

Loose Brackets or Bands If a bracket, or wire is loosened, please call our office right away; the bracket may need to be repaired. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, we recommend using fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. You may also need to slide a bracket off at night or over a weekend before you are able to come to our office. Please call our office on the next business clay so we can schedule an appointment for you.

Poking Wires or Wire Irritations If the wire is irritating your cheeks or gums, cover the end of it with a small piece of cotton or wax to relieve irritation and then call our office for an appointment.

Lost Separators Many patients lose a separator over the course of their treatment. If you lose a separator, call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

Discomfort with Braces and Orthodontic Treatment During the first week after your braces are placed, and after routine adjustments, you may feel some soreness or discomfort. This is normal, and you do not need to worry. You may want to take acetaminophen or another non-aspirin pain reliever if your teeth are sore after adjustment appointments. You may also wish to use a warm washcloth or heating pad to reduce soreness in the jaws.

If you experience these or any other types of orthodontic emergencies, please call our office 661-322-2263. We are here to provide the care you need!