After Hour 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

 

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

Please do not come directly to the office without calling first for an appointment. Please call our office to schedule an assigned appointment. If you or your child is in pain we will see you immediately!

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

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

Surprisingly, many orthodontic problems can be remedied at home. Please refer to these remedies to help you resolve minor problems if you are at home or away.

BROKEN OR LOOSE BRACE

https://www.wikihow.com/Handle-Poking-Wires-on-Braces

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

If the loose brace is not causing discomfort: It 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.

 

Place wax over loose bracketBracket has rotated on the wireIf the loose bracket has rotated on the wire: if 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.

 

 

Remove bracketIf the bracket becomes extremely bothersome: you 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.

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 SoresCanker sores are a painful sore but they are not an infection. You 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 and you have to ride it out babying the area. You can try oral dental relief that are sold over the counter as well.

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