Emergency and First Aid Treatment

We want your orthodontic treatment at Redwood Orthodontics to be as comfortable and worry free as possible; however, there may be times when you will experience minor problems or accidents. You need not worry, as our orthodontic team is ready to help.

In most instances, there is a good chance that you may be able to resolve simple orthodontic issues on your own. Here is a troubleshooting guide that can help you remedy the situation.

In Case Of an Emergency

If you break or loosen, any of your appliances, call our office as soon as possible. Please, call ahead of time, as this allows us ample time to prepare the things that might be needed to repair any broken or loose appliances. In case you already have a scheduled appointment, we would appreciate if you could inform us ahead of time if you need to have an appliance repaired.

Loose Brackets or Bands

For loose brackets or bands that have moved unintentionally, you need to call the office immediately so our experienced staff can remedy the situation quickly. If you need to cut the wire in case of an emergency, you may use fingernail clippers. But make sure the clippers have been washed and sterilized in alcohol before using. Call our office the next business day so we can schedule an appointment right away.

Wire Irritations

If your wire is out of place, you can use a pencil eraser or a cotton swab to push the wire so that it is lying flat against your tooth. If you cannot move the wire, you can cover it with wax. Call us right away and inform us of the problem. If you are unable to come to the office, try using a nail clipper that has been washed and sterilized in alcohol.

Lost Separators

In the duration of the treatment, patients may lose a separator. If this happens to you, call the office so we can arrange to replace it if necessary. A video tutorial which demonstrates how to replace a separator is also available on this website.

Discomfort During Orthodontic Treatment

At the start of the treatment or when your doctor adjusts the braces, you may feel a bit uncomfortable. There may be some pain, soreness or discomfort. One of the things that you can do is avoid food that can make your teeth sore such us, meat or anything chewy. You can also take a mild pain reliever or apply a heating pad or warm washcloth to reduce the soreness in your jaws.