At Utah Orthodontic Care, we make your health and safety as our very first priority. Every doctor at each of our nine locations has years of experience treating a wide range of orthodontic problems, and we work hard to make you feel comfortable through every stage of your treatment. Sometimes, though, emergencies do happen – and when they do, we’re here for you.
Thankfully, orthodontic emergencies are rare. Still, they do happen, and we want you to be prepared with the proper knowledge and information to handle them.
If you break or loosen any of your appliances, we ask that you call our office immediately. Please don’t come straight to the office – a phone call will allow us to evaluate the situation and ensure that you’re seen by the appropriate person as quickly as possible. Even if you already have an appointment scheduled, if you’ve broken an appliance, please call ahead to let us know so we can make necessary arrangements.
If you’ve loosened or damaged a bracket or wire, call us as soon as possible. Based on the phone call, we’ll evaluate whether or not you need to be seen immediately or if the issue can wait until our normal operational hours. If an emergency arises and you need a wire to be cut, wash and sterilize fingernail clippers in alcohol, then use them to cut the wire. Call our office as soon as you can after doing this so we can schedule an appointment to fix the issue.
It’s not uncommon for wires in braces to catch the mouth and cause irritation – if you’re experiencing this, try moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or the head of an eraser. If this doesn’t work, try covering the end of the wire with a cotton ball or small piece of wax. If the wire is extremely painful and the issue can’t be fixed any other way, you may cut it with a pair of nail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you do need to cut the wire, please call us to schedule an appointment so we can fix it.
If you lose a separator, don’t worry – it’s very common for a patient to lose a separator during treatment. Just give us a call to let us know, and we’ll tell you whether or not it needs to be replaced.
During the first week of your treatment, while your mouth is still adjusting to its new hardware, it’s possible that you’ll experience discomfort, soreness, or pain in various parts of your mouth. Stay strong! This is a normal part of the process. Feel free to take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you get used to the braces – just be sure to follow any directions on the bottle. If soreness persists, a warm washcloth, a heating pad, or swishing warm saltwater around your mouth can do a lot to help with pain. Make sure to avoid hard, sticky, or sugary foods, as these can add to the discomfort – soup and braces are best friends!
If you have more questions about your orthodontic care or have a situation you’re unsure how to handle, we’re here to help. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page, or if you’re new to our practice, use our easy online form to schedule your complementary consultation. We can’t wait to hear from you!