After Hours Emergency

There are very few true orthodontic emergencies. Please refer to the text below that outlines a problem needing immediate attention as opposed to something that can wait to be addressed:

TRUE ORTHODONTIC EMERGENCIES

A true “emergency” involves anything causing pain or discomfort!

If you or your child is in pain with anything that cannot be alleviated by the methods below and cannot wait until the next business day we want to see you!

Call our office and listen to the instructions on the voicemail to contact Dr. DiGiovanni directly.

Trauma to the face or teeth – Call your regular dentist.

NOT AN ORTHODONTIC “EMERGENCY”

The conditions mentioned below are important but can wait until the next BUSINESS day or possibly UNTIL your next scheduled appointment as long as there is no pain:
 

  • Broken or loose brace
  • Lost tie
  • Loose band
  • Lost or broken retainer
  • Lost rubber bands
  • Changing an appointment

LOST OR
BROKEN RETAINER

If you lose or break your retainer you must come into the office.
 

If it is during office hours call the office for an appointment.
 

If it is after office hours, please wait until the next business day.
 
 
 

 

Office Open Sign

WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY WHEN THE OFFICE IS OPEN

Checkbox  Call our office to schedule an appointment and do NOT just walk in without an appointment

Checkbox  Please do not come directly to the office without calling first for an appointment.

Checkbox  If you are in pain we will see you immediately!

  • Laguna Beach: (949) 494-8555
  • Newport Beach: (949) 640-0202
Office Closed Sign

WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY WHEN THE OFFICE IS CLOSED

Checkbox  Please refer to the above to see if you have a “true orthodontic emergency”

Checkbox  If you can wait until the next business day, call us then and we will gladly get you in

Checkbox  If you are in pain, call the office and listen to the instructions on paging the doctor

AT HOME REMEDIES FOR MINOR ORTHODONTIC PROBLEMS

BROKEN OR LOOSE BRACE

If the brace can slide or is rotated, it has become loose.

Slipped bracket

If the loose brace is not causing discomfort:
CheckboxIt is best leave it in place and call us for an appointment when we reopen. Please be careful and stay away from the area when you are biting or chewing.

If the loose bracket has rotated on the wire:
Checkboxif it’s not bothering you, you can leave it as-is. If it bothers you, use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to turn it back into its normal position. Once in place, you may apply wax to secure the loose brace.

Place wax over loose bracketBracket has rotated on the wire

If the bracket becomes extremely bothersome:
Checkboxyou can remove the bracket from the wire with a pair of tweezers or a small unbent paper clip, remove the colored "O" ring from the bracket. You can now remove the bracket from underneath the wire. It is not urgent to have it replaced. f everything else appears in place and you have an appointment soon, we will be able to place a new one at your upcoming appointment. If it will be more than a few weeks until your next appointment, call us and we will replace the tie.

Remove bracket

POKING WIRE

If the wire is poking your cheeks or lips, cover it with orthodontic wax for protection.

If the wax does not correct the problem, you can cut it with nail clippers that have been sterilized in alcohol. Other solutions are to push the wire with a pencil eraser or the back of a metal spoon.

Cover wire with waxCut wire with clippersPush wire down with pencil eraser.

Here is another reference for temporarily fixing orthodontic problems: http://www.smashingsmiles.com/braces-101/braces-emergencies.aspx

Please call our office to inform us of any problem you have. We may have to lengthen your next appointment to have time to correct the problem.

CANKER SORES

Canker sores are a painful sore but they are not an infection.

CheckboxYou must place a barrier (like wax) over your brace to decrease rubbing irritation. When you sleep your mouth dries out and your braces may rub the canker sores worsening the condition. It is very important that you: (1) clean your teeth well, (2) place a large amount of wax cushioning the area. Typically canker sores last 2 full weeks. You can also try over-the-counter oral dental relief as well.

Canker Sores

OTHER BRACE RELIEF PRODUCTS

There are several other brace relief products other than wax that you can purchase at the drug store or on line (amazon.com, etc.). Below are a few that our patients have given good reviews to:

OrthoDotsGashygooComfortBrace