Emergency Care For Your Braces
True orthodontic/dental emergencies are rare, but when they do occur we are available to you.
- Trauma or injury to the teeth, face or mouth
- Infection or swelling of the gums, mouth or face
- Severe, unmanageable discomfort or pain in these areas
If you suffer from any of these conditions, you should seek help as soon as possible. First contact your general dentist or an emergency room, if that is your best option. If you are advised to see your orthodontist, please call our after hours phone number (717-731-3466) and leave a message. We will return your call make arrangements to see you as soon as possible and help direct you on how to handle the situation. If we have not returned your call within 1-2 hours, please try a repeat call. You MUST leave a message, as we are digitally notified of you call.
Orthodontic treatment takes a little time to get use to. It is not uncommon to experience some soreness when your appliances are first placed and discomfort as your teeth begin moving into their new positions.
As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can't take care of yourself. We will schedule a time for you to come in to resolve the condition.
Solutions To Minor Problems
You might be surprised to lean that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you are able to be seen in our office. When working with your appliances, you need to know the names of the parts so you are able to identify what part is broken our out of place. After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your orthodontic appliance to remain damaged may result in disruption of your treatment plan.
If the only damage is a loose or broken orthodontic appliance, please call us during normal patient hours and we will make an appointment to repair it at your earliest convenience. As this is not an medical emergency, you will not need to be seen on the same day. In fact, your comfort will be increased if we allow your surrounding tissues to heal before we attempt to repair appliances. As long as you do not have a wire poking or impeding your bite, it is okay to wait a day or two to be seen in our office, as the mouth may be very tender immediately after the accident.
- If a wire is irritating your mouth, cover it with orthodontic wax. During treatment, some of the wires used are very flexible and you may need to clip the wire with fingernail clippers or a small crafting-type wire cutter. Please call the office if you are experiencing a poking wire and we would be happy to talk you through the process over the phone.
- A loose band or bracket can generally be left in place until you are seen in the office, especially if your next regularly scheduled appointment is only a few days away. Please call the office during business hours to alert us of the broken bracket/band so that we can adjust your upcoming appointment or move it to another time to give us the time necessary to repair the problem. If your next regular appointment is more than a few days away, please call us at your earliest convenience to schedule an EXTRA repair appointment during regular business hours so that your treatment doesn’t get behind schedule. Use orthodontic wax for comfort as necessary.
- Discontinue use of a bent headgear or removable appliance and call our office during business hours to schedule an appointment to have it adjusted.
- A retainer that hasn't been worn consistently may cause some soreness or pressure on the teeth. After a couple of days of full-time wear, if the soreness persists, please call our office during business hours to have it adjusted as soon as possible.