Emergency Info

What to do in case of emergency

Call our office as soon as possible (366-0600) if you break or loosen any of your appliances. We will be happy to make arrangements as soon as possible. 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 and notify us if you need an appliance repaired. Appropriate arrangements will be made to make all patients comfortable. If the office is closed, there are always emergency numbers given on our answering machine. If unable to contact someone from our office, Dr. Irene may be contacted at home in an emergency situation.

Loose brackets or bands

Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be replaced as soon as possible. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you. If a band is loose or falls off, place it in a baggie and bring it with you to your next appointment. Our office does have emergency phone numbers available for all true emergencies. Please do not hesitate to call our office after hours. You will be directed to the appropriate personnel to handle your emergency.

Wire irritations

Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or pencil eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with fingernail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.

Discomfort with orthodontic treatment

During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you may likely feel slight pain, soreness or discomfort. This is normal and will subside. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm washcloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.