Orthodontic Emergencies

We understand there are issues that will arise during your course of treatment (eg loose bracket, pokey wire). If something like this occurs during business hours, please call or email us and we will be sure to see you in a timely manner. If something like this occurs after hours, our answering service will take a message, and notify us of anything urgent. Our office email is checked daily and nightly as well.

What may help relieve discomfort temporarily:

  • Orthodontic wax 
  • Salt water rinses
  • OTC pain relievers like Ibuprofen or Tylenol

Helpful tips to minimize emergencies:

  • Avoid hard, sticky, and chewy food
  • Try cutting food into small pieces
  • Avoid touching or playing with appliances
  • Wear a Mouth Guard during contact sports or recreational activities


Pokey Wire



Wax Placement 



Food to Avoid with Braces 


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We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have. Please call our office or use the quick contact form below.

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