How to Handle an Emergency:
If your appliances break or loosen, contact our office in Orlando immediately. If you already have an existing appointment scheduled, please contact our office and let us know if you also need to repair an appliance.
Brackets or Bands That Have Loosened
When a bracket or wire loosens, you will need to contact us for instructions. Likely, the bracket will need to be re-fitted right away. You may be in a situation that requires you to cut a wire or slide a bracket off of a wire outside of operating hours. Use washed and sterilized fingernail clippers to cut a wire in the case of an emergency. The next step is to contact our office in Orlando during our hours of operation.
In some cases, you can relive the discomfort caused by the wire of your braces by merely shifting the wire away from the irritated area using a Q-tip or an eraser. If the wire is not moving, try concealing the end of it with a small piece of cotton or wax. If the wire is causing you pain, use washed and sterilized fingernail clippers or scissors. In any case, please contact our office in Orlando for assistance.
Many times, patients lose a separator through their treatment. If you have lost a separator, contact our office near you.
Discomfort Caused by Orthodontic Treatment
After your braces are placed and adjusted, it’s common to experience some pain, soreness, or discomfort during the first week. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help during this adjustment phase. Soreness in your jaws can also be relieved by a heating pad or warm washcloth.