Are you experiencing an Orthodontic Emergency?
If you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency, please call our office as soon as possible if you have broken or a loose appliance. We recommend you call us immediately at (587) 393-6020 to notify us so we can prepare for your arrival.
Common Orthodontic Emergencies
- Loose Bracket or Bands – if a brace or wire is loosened, please call us. A loose bracket or band halts your treatment and the longer it stays disengaged, your treatment may be delayed.
- Wire Irritations – sometimes discomfort can be caused by a wire on your braces. You can move the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire does not move, try covering the end with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. You may need to have a wire cut or sliding a bracket of wire, especially overnight or over the weekend. If you need to, cut the wire using a fingernail clipper that has been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call us the next day so we can schedule an appointment for you.
- Lost Separators – most patients lose a separator because adequate space has been created. If the separator is lost shortly after they are placed, please contact us for instructions.
- Discomfort from Orthodontic Treatment – When your braces have been placed for the first time, and after routine adjustments are complete, you may feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. Over-the-counter pain relievers will help reduce pain until you adjust to your new braces. A warm compress or a heating pad may also help to reduce any soreness in your jaw. If the pain persists, please call us.
Handling an orthodontic emergency in a timely manner is very important.
If you require immediate assistance, please contact us!