First Aid

6.jpgWhat to Do in Case of Emergency

Call our office if you break or loosen any of your appliances.   Calling us allow us to find the appropriate amount of time needed in our schedule to address the problem. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us in order to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.

Loose Brackets or Bands

Call our office for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire  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 orthodontic 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.

Lost Separators

Please call our office if a separator is lost in order to determine if it needs to be replaced.

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.


Broken Brackets

How to Use Ortho Wax

Poking Wires

Loose Ortho Bands