In Case of Emergency, Call Your Trusted Ortho Team
Your health is our utmost concern, so call our office as soon as possible 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, call us as soon as possible to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.
For Loose Brackets or Bands
Call our office as soon as possible for advice 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 fingernail clippers 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.
For 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 scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.
For a Lost Separator
Some patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.
If You Experience Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment
During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you may feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or ibuprofen pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm washcloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.
For an After-Hours Emergency
If you have an orthodontic emergency after hours, please call (636) 391-1959 and follow the prompts to reach Dr. Hough.