There are very few true orthodontic emergencies, but we are always here to help. If you have a broken appliance or are experiencing intense pain, please call us as soon as possible for an appointment. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call immediately to notify us that you need an appliance repaired.It may take more time than what you were originally scheduled for.

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

It is not uncommon to lose a separator.  Please call our office 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 will feel sore. To alleviate the pain, you may take acetaminophen or Tylenol, Ibuprofen (Adults) or Aleve as needed.

Wire Irritations

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, please call the office and we will advise you what to do.

Loose Bracket

Please call the office.

Loose Wire

Try putting the wire back in place using tweezers that have been washed and sanitized 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 santitized in alcohol. Cut the wire behind the last bracket in which it is secured and be sure to use kleenex or cotton behind the wire to catch it.

Headgear Doesn't Fit

Please call the office.