There are very few true orthodontic emergencies. Many problems can be remedied at home. However, if you have a situation that you cannot resolve on your own, call us at (423)624-8217 as soon as possible so we can fit you in for a repair appointment. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins, so please call if you require an emergency appointment.
Loose, Bent or Broken Appliances
Call the office immediately if a bracket or wire is loosened or broken. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. Cover any sharp, irritating parts with wax until you can be seen by Dr. Sawrie. If you absolutely must, you can trim the wire back using sterilized fingernail clippers or a small wire cutter. We will do our best to get you in as soon as possible for a repair.
Do not worry about losing a separator during treatment – it’s pretty common – but please call the office to see if it needs to be replaced.
When pressure is applied to your teeth, it’s normal to feel some tenderness for a few days. The intensity and duration will vary by patient and can usually be treated with acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may help to soothe soreness in your jaw. If you feel an unusual amount of pain, call the office immediately.
Patients often complain of lip pain and dryness during the first few weeks after getting braces. Lubricant such as Vaseline or ChapStick should help with your dry lips, and placing wax on the sharp edges of your brackets should ease any irritation they might cause. If soreness worsens or lasts more than a few days, call our office to see whether an early appointment should be scheduled.