What do I in case of an orthodontic 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 so we may allocate more time for you to do so. Otherwise, we may have to schedule a separate appointment to fix your appliance. Below are some common situations that would be considered “emergencies”. Rarely is there a true orthodontic emergency that requires immediate attention. Please reference the situations below for common solutions to orthodontic issues, including this helpful video on common orthodontic problems.
If you need immediate help, please contact Dr. Maz Moshiri at (314) 616-7156.
What if I have braces with loose brackets or bands?
Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. 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.
My brace wires or brackets irritate my mouth
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 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 nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.
I Lost My Separators
Most 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.
I have Discomfort with my orthodontic treatment
During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. Warm salt water rinses every 4-6 hours helps to reduce oral discomfort from your orthodontic treatment. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may also reduce soreness in your jaws.