Emergency Care

What Do I Do in Case of an Emergency?

When you discover that a piece of your braces is broken or loose, or if you lose a retainer or Invisalign® aligner, we are here to help. Simply contact our office right away and we will schedule an appointment. Our staff is also able to provide instructions on ways that you can fix the problem in the meantime.

Loose Brackets

A loose bracket is one that is not properly adhered to your tooth. If you find a loose bracket, contact our office, and we will get you in at your earliest convenience. We may advise you to cut the connecting wire with a sterilized set of nail clippers. To remedy the problem permanently, Dr. Kadan may replace the connecting wire or replace the broken bracket.

Wire Irritations

Broken and bent wires can irritate your gums, lips or cheeks. You can use a cotton swab or pencil eraser to push the wire into a better position. If you are unable to move the wire or easily access it, place a piece of wax or cotton over it to protect your gums, cheeks and lips. If this does not resolve the problem, cut the wire with a sterilized set of clippers. After you take these steps, contact us to schedule an appointment.

Lost Separators or Spacers

Orthodontic spacers may dislodge from between your teeth either by accident or when the teeth have reached the desired spacing. In most cases, losing a spacer is not a significant problem, but we encourage you to contact us to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Kadan to ensure that your overall treatment plan is not affected.

Discomfort Associated with Orthodontic Treatment

Mild to moderate discomfort is normal when your braces are first put on and after each adjustment appointment. We recommend taking over-the-counter medications, such as non-aspirin pain relievers or acetaminophen. Warm compresses, such as a heating pad covered with a towel or a washcloth that is soaked in warm water can also help.