Emergency Info

Here at Dann Orthodontics in Orlando and Winter Park, our patients’ health and safety is our primary concern. Our doctor and staff will take the necessary steps and precautions to ensure that you and your family are receiving safe and comfortable orthodontic care. To better serve our patients, we want to make sure that they are well informed, and prepared to deal with any orthodontic emergencies that may arise. If an emergency were to happen with your metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign tray, retainer or other appliance, we are available to help. While most problems can be dealt with at home, some may require additional assistance. If you experience an orthodontic emergency please call us as soon as possible. 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 immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired. Below are some common problems that you may encounter, and measures you can take to fix them:

Tooth Soreness

After you get your braces on, you might feel some general soreness in your mouth. If this is the case, you can alleviate the pain by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water or by applying a warm washcloth to the tender areas. If the tenderness and pain is severe, you may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces.

Loose Brackets

Call our office immediately 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 an 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.

Wire Irritations

Sometimes you may experience a protruding or poking wire that causes discomfort. You can resolve this 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.

Lost Separators

Separators are used in the early treatment stages to make space for the fitting of bands around the teeth. These small plastic devices may become loose and fall out as space becomes larger between the teeth. It’s ok if you lose a separator during your treatment as most patients do. If you do lose one, call our office to let us know and we will arrange to have you visit if necessary.

Please call our Orlando or Winter Park, FL office if you are experiencing severe pain or if there is a problem that cannot be resolved at home.