First Aid

What to Do in Case of Emergency

Call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.

If your teeth become sore after a visit:

We generally recommend that you take pain medication such as acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g., Advil, Motrin). This, of course, is the protocol only if there are no known allergies to these medications. Rinsing with a cup of warm water and teaspoon of salt can also be soothing.

If food becomes stuck between your teeth:

Use dental floss or a proxy brush to dislodge the food.

If a wire causes irritation:

Push the wire away from the area using the eraser end of a pencil or a cotton swab. If the wire cannot be tucked away, cover the end of the wire with a small piece of wax, a cotton ball, or a piece of sugarless gum, until you can see us for an adjustment.

If the main wire has come out of the brace or tube on a back molar tooth, attempt to reinsert the wire with a pair of needle nosed pliers or tweezers. If the wire is not sticking you, place a piece of wax over the area. If the wire is sticking you and wax does not help, the wire can be cut with a small wire cutter or nail clipper close to the back of the last brace. This is a last resort if professional help is unavailable.

If a brace comes loose from a tooth:

It usually remains connected to the main wire and is not cause for an emergency visit. Tweezers can be used to reposition the brace if it flips around the wire and becomes a source of irritation. Call our office at your earliest convenience. It may be necessary to schedule a separate visit to repair the loose brace(s), since repairs of this nature usually take additional time.

Loose Expander or other fixed appliance:  Call the office.

Trauma to the Mouth – Call your general dentist. Call our office to inform us. 

Lost Separators

Many patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.