What to Do in Case of An Orthodontic Emergency
Most orthodontic concerns can wait until the office reopens. However, in case of an emergency, you can always reach us after hours. Read the guide below in the event of an orthodontic emergency. If you are still in need of after-hours assistance, please call our office and you will be instructed on how to reach Dr. Thompson or the on-call orthodontic clinician.
Handling Minor Brace Repairs
If you have a traumatic injury resulting in cuts to your lips or gums, or if you have a loose tooth, please contact our office immediately. If you have broken any part of a tooth, you will need to contact your family dentist. If you suspect that your jaw has been injured or notice that your teeth have been moved by the accident, you may also need to be seen by an oral surgeon.
You may try to use the eraser of a pencil to move the wire back in place. If you cannot move the wire in place, place wax over the poking wire. If the wax does not help, please call us and we will clip the wire to make you more comfortable. Poking wires are very common as the teeth move. 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 ibuprofen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces.
Please call us on the next business day if you have a loose bracket. A broken bracket is not an orthodontic emergency. A broken or loose bracket should be fixed in a timely manner.
Loose Retainer Wire
If your bonded retainer wire becomes loose, please contact our office immediately.