Emergency Info


TeenFemale_2.jpgWe want you to be prepared for the little "emergencies" that can happen when wearing braces. Most issues or mishaps with braces can be fixed at home or school. Your school nurse is likely experienced in handling issues with braces that occur at school.  It's unlikely any incident involving braces would cause your child to have to leave school unless it involves trauma.

What to Do in Case of Emergency

Call our office if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled soon, call us to notify us that you need an appliance repaired so we will have time allotted for your problem.   Refer to the emergency information given to you when you got your braces on in order to get yourself comfortable until we can see you. If your emergency occurs when the office is closed and it cannot wait until we reopen, you may call our emergency number at 706-599-4357 and leave a message for advice on how to handle the problem.

Loose Brackets or Bands

Call our office if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use nail clippers or small scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day so that we may schedule an appointment for you.

Wire Irritations

Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by 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 small scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.

Lost Separators

It is not uncommon to lose a separator during treatment. Separators are designed to create space and sometimes become loose. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces are in place and after routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or other pain reliever while you adjust to your braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws. Give it time, the soreness will subside.