Emergency Info

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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.

Loose Brackets or Bands

Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be rebonded 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  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 small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers that have been sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment. If after regular business hours the office recorder will direct you to the number of who is on call.


Count your separators every day. Call the office if any of them come out.Take a form of pain reliever as needed for 2-3 days for discomfort. Stay away from sticky, chewy foods. (gum,carmel etc.) May continue to floss every where except where separators are placed. Do not play or pick with them.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces are placed and sometimes after routine adjustments, you will likely feel some soreness or discomfort. You may take tylenol or advil while you adjust to your new braces. Use warm salt water rinses for any mouth sores. Use the Orthodontic wax for any areas that are taking longer to get used to.