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EMERGENCY CARE

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EMERGENCY CARE

Emergencies

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. Loose brackets or bands are usually not emergencies. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can't take care of yourself. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If it is not during regular office hours, Dr. P or Dr. Chris can be reached on their cell phones.

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with our office. After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions in your treatment plan.

The following solutions may help you relieve your discomfort:

Poking Wire

Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.

Poking Wire

Loose Bracket or Band

If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the bracket or band comes out entirely, place it in a plastic bag to bring with you to the office.

Loose Bracket or Band

Loose Wire

Using a tweezers, try to place your wire back into the band tube. If doing this and using wax does not help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.

Loose Wire

Loose Appliance

If the appliance is loose but still fits on the teeth this is O.K. Keep the appliance in the mouth and call the office to have it re-cemented. If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.

Headgear Does Not Fit

Sometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, the headgear may hurt less if it's worn more, so be sure you're getting in the prescribed hours.

General Soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. If you develop areas of ulcerations, placing wax on the parts of your braces that are rubbing can help. Placing Orabase on the affected area may help; this can be found in your local pharmacy. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.

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