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There are very few true orthodontic emergencies, but there are a number of things that may occur during orthodontic treatment with which you may require additional assistance. If something does concern you while in orthodontic treatment, you should not hesitate to contact our office. Our staff can assist you by explaining the problem and how to remedy it at home or by scheduling an appointment to address your orthodontic problem.

Sore teeth, wire irritations, loose brackets and lost separators are common orthodontic problems that can almost always be remedied during regular office hours or at home. Here’s how…
Recommendations for sore teeth are to take ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce soreness in the jaw.

A wire poking the gum tissue can cause irritations. Placement of a small amount of wax or clipping with sterilized nail clippers can ease the pain until your next appointment. If however, a wire or bracket comes loose or separators come out, it will be necessary for you to call our office to determine if you need to be seen in the office.

True emergencies are handled on a case-by-case basis and typically involve breakage of a wire or appliance that is subsequently causing more than mild discomfort. Regardless of the nature of the concern, if it seems important to you, do not hesitate to contact our office. We are only a phone call or email away.