Emergency Information and Common Problems
True orthodontic emergencies are rare and most problems can be remedied at home. However, if any situation arises that cannot be resolved on your own, do not hesitate to call us as soon as possible so we can fit you into a repair appointment.
If your teeth are sore after a visit, take any non-aspirin over the counter pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
If your wire is causing irritation, try moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or pencil eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small ball of wax provided to you by our office. If the wire is poking too much try using a nail clipper to cut the end of the wire.
Using tweezers, try to put the wire back into place. If doing this or placing wax doesn’t help, as a last resort use a small finger nail clipper and clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened.
If a bracket comes loose call our office to see if the bracket needs to be refitted. If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, just leave it in place and put wax on it. If it comes out entirely, wrap it in tissue and bring it with you.