First Aid

Stratford Orthodontics curve image

What to Do in Case of Emergency

Please call our office if an appliance, bracket, wire or band seems loose or broken. Speaking with you will allow us to find the appropriate amount of time needed in our schedule to address the situation appropriately.
Even if you already have an appointment scheduled, we would like to know of any concerns regarding broken or loose appliances, brackets or wires so that we may rectify the situation in a timely manner

Loose Brackets or Bands

Please call our office for advice if a bracket or wire seems loose. 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. Please call our office 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 causing you pain, you can trim it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized with alcohol. Please call our office if a wire is bothering you so we might bring you in to rectify the situation.

Lost Separators

Please call our office if a separator has come out so that we may determine if it needs to be replaced.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces have been placed, you will likely feel some pressure, soreness or discomfort. You may take ibuprofen, acetaminophen or other pain relievers (NOT Aspirin) while your mouth acclimates to the new situation. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.