Emergency Info

Emergency Info

What to Do in Case of Emergency

Call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.

Lost Separators

Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

Loose Brackets or Bands

Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.

Wire Irritations

Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by 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 you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.

Broken Bracket

Should you notice a broken bracket, please schedule an appointment no later than two weeks to have it replaced. Especially towards the end of treatment a timely replacement is required.&@


Poking Wire

You might experience a poking wire at the back of your teeth. Please use wax (Or sugarless gum) to cover the wire end until you have your appointment with us.


Lost Elastic

In case you loose an elastic O-ring on one of the brackets, please schedule an appointment with us to have it replaced, if there is no steel tie underneath (Next slide)


Steel Ties

If a steel tie is poking you may bend it back with the eraser side of a pencil or cover it with wax. Elastics covering steel ties do mainly have estetic purposes.


Broken Chain

Should an elastic chain break, please book an appointment with us to have it replaced.