What to do in case of an emergency

Emergency orthodontics

  • Is this an emergency?

    Before calling Alizadeh & Schreiner Orthodontics with a problem, ask yourself: Is this an emergency? True emergencies are rare. Spend a few moments learning more about your appliance and how to solve small problems. This will help you handle minor concerns on your own without first calling our office.

What you can do for minor problems

Check out these tips and more in our FAQ video.

Keep orthodontic wax and a pencil eraser handy. Here are some tips for handling minor problems:

  • Poking wire or bracket: Roll a piece of wax into a ball and press it onto the part that’s poking you. Try to keep the wax dry prior to placing it. The wax will come off frequently, so keep a supply with you.
  • Broken wire: Press the wire toward your teeth with a pencil eraser. If you are unable to push the wire out of the way, try cutting the part that is sticking out with wire cutters or a large fingernail clipper.
  • Small cut: To help the cut heal, rinse your mouth with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 cup of warm water. Peroxyl, which you can buy over the counter, is also an excellent rinse to clean the cut and promote healing.

  • Care tips to prevent problems

    Always follow your orthodontist’s instructions about proper wear and care. Here are some general tips that will help prevent problems:

    • Don’t play rough while wearing headgear or any other removable appliance.
    • If you wear braces, don’t eat foods that are hard, sticky, crunchy, or chewy. Avoid candy, gum, nuts, and corn on the cob. Cut raw carrots or apples into small pieces.
    • Try to learn as much about your orthodontic appliance as you can. This will help you talk to us about any problems you might have. The more accurately you describe any problem, the better we are able to help you solve it.
    • Don’t pick at or pull on braces even if it makes your teeth feel better.
    • Don’t flick your retainer around with your tongue, it will break!
    • Remove retainers and wear a mouthguard when playing sports.
    • Remember, broken appliances will slow down your treatment!

    Feel free to contact us with any questions you have.