Emergency Orthodontic Care

There are very few true orthodontic emergencies and most can be remedied at home, but we are always available to help you. If you have a broken appliance or are experiencing discomfort, please call our office.

Sticky Foods

Examples of sticky foods to Avdsaoid:

Gum (sugar-free or regular)
Licorice
Toffee
Tootsie Rolls
Caramels
Starburst
Brushing

Brushing While Wearing Braces:

Especially during orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles in your teeth and braces: in the morning after breakfast, after lunch or right after school, after dinner, and at bedtime.

Gum (sugar-free or regular)
Licorice
Toffee
Tootsie Rolls
Caramels
Starburst
Brushing

Brushing While Wearing Braces:

Especially during orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles in your teeth and braces: in the morning after breakfast, after lunch or right after school, after dinner, and at bedtime.

Gum (sugar-free or regular)
Licorice
Toffee
Tootsie Rolls
Caramels
Starburst
Separator

Lost Separator:

Some patients lose a separator (or spacer) during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but please call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.​ You can also watch this YouTube video to replace it yourself with floss.

Gum (sugar-free or regular)
Licorice
Toffee
Tootsie Rolls
Caramels
Starburst
Sore or Discomfort

Sore Teeth/Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment:

Ice
Nuts and chips
Hard taco shells
French bread, bagels, pizza crust
Corn on the cob
Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
Jolly Ranchers

Soon after your braces are placed, and sometimes after you have an adjustment appointment, your teeth and mouth will feel sore. To alleviate the pain, you may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. You can also rinse with lukewarm salt water, which is a mixture of one teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of water. A warm washcloth or a heating pad may also reduce the soreness in your jaws.

Brushing

Brushing While Wearing Braces:

Especially during orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles in your teeth and braces: in the morning after breakfast, after lunch or right after school, after dinner, and at bedtime.

Gum (sugar-free or regular)
Licorice
Toffee
Tootsie Rolls
Caramels
Starburst
Wire Issues

Wire Irritations:

Cake
Ice Cream
Cookies
Pie
Candy

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Try 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.

Bracket Issue

Loose Bracket:

First, call our office to see if the bracket needs to be replaced. If you have a situation where you must cut the wire or slide a bracket off the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day to schedule a repair appointment.

Soda
Sweetened Tea
Gatorade
Kool Aid
Drinks with sugar

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Wire Issues

Loose Wire:

Cake
Ice Cream
Cookies
Pie
Candy

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Try putting the wire back in place using tweezers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If that does not work, try putting wax over the wire where it is poking you. If you have a situation where you must cut the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Cut the wire behind the last bracket in which it is secured.

Headgear Issue

Headgear Doesn't Fit:

If your headgear is causing pain, it's usually because it isn't being worn long enough. Please adhere to your orthodontist's instructions, and wear your headgear for the instructed amount of hours each day. If the face bow is bent, please call our office for an appointment. Do not try to adjust it yourself.

Soda
Sweetened Tea
Gatorade
Kool Aid
Drinks with sugar

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Leave your worries at the door and enjoy a beautiful and confidence-building smile

We love to see you smile! Let our team know what questions you have as you seek orthodontic services.

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