Emergency Orthodontic Care

We want you to call us if you experience severe pain, swelling or have a poking wire or braces that you cannot temporary treat yourself. We are available to help you and address any discomfort you experience with your braces. Please do not hesitate to call our office.

Most problems with a loose wire or brace can temporary be treated by yourself. If anything is poking from your braces you can put some soft wax on the piece that is sticking out.

General Soreness

The first time you get your braces or clear aligners, it is common to feel soreness.  Your teeth and gums may be tender and you may feel this especially when you eat.  The soreness can last for a few hours or a couple of days.  The braces or aligners may also rub against your cheek and tongue.  If this is the case, we recommend eating soft food until the tenderness goes away.  Irritation in the mouth can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt-water mouthwash.  Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously.  If the tenderness persists, take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Advil.  You can also put some wax on the braces where the irritation is to see if that helps until the soreness dissipates.

Loose Metal Band Bracket

If the metal band around the molar is loose, or the bracket attached to the wire is loose, you should leave it in place and put wax on it if needed for comfort.  If the bracket or band can easily be removed, place it in an envelope and bring it to your next appointment.  If you are experiencing severe discomfort, please call the office.

Poking Wire

Please call our office so we can schedule you to be seen sooner. In the meantime, place some dental wax at the end of the wire.

Palatal Expander

If this is causing pain, stop the turns and call the office.

Lost Retainer

If you lose your retainer, please call the office as soon as you can and make an appointment to get another retainer. We want you to keep that great smile! Going an extended time without wearing one can cause your teeth to relapse.

Lost or broken Invisalign Aligner

If you lose or break your aligner, please call the office.