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What To Do When an Orthodontic Emergency Happens

Rogers & Andrews Has Your Answers to Common Emergencies and Orthodontic First Aid

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If any of your orthodontic appliances break or come loose, give us a call during normal business hours so that we can schedule an appointment right away. A broken or loose bracket or other orthodontic appliance can disrupt your treatment, so it’s important to get it fixed as quickly as possible. At Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics, we make it our mission to build the smile you deserve. Call our office in Augusta or Thomson today with any emergencies or orthodontic issues you may be experiencing.

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Treatment Issues You May Experience Include:

  • Loose brackets or bands
  • Wire irritations
  • Lost separators
  • Discomfort
  • Broken or fatigued Herbst appliance

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Loose Brackets or Bands

Contact our office 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 emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics the next business day so that we may schedule an appointment for you.

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Wire Irritations

Sometimes, discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved 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, contact our office for an appointment.

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Lost Separators

Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but still contact Rogers & Andrews Augusta or Thomson office to see if it needs to be replaced.

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Orthodontic-Related Discomfort

During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness, or discomfort. You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.

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Herbst Appliance Issues

The Herbst appliance is used to correct the front-to-back relationship of the upper and lower jaws. The rod and tube, affectionately known as the “shock absorber”, actually connects the upper and lower jaws. This really does not interfere with the opening and closing of your mouth or with eating. You might find that side-to-side movement is somewhat restricted, but this has been improved with the new telescoping Herbst that you have.

If you’ve recently had a Herbst appliance placed, you may need to take some time to allow your mouth to get used to the appliance. Your lip and cheek area will toughen up like a callous after a few days, and soreness will disappear after a few days as well.

If you notice that a screw has come loose, the cement bond breaks, or you are experiencing any other problems with your Herbst appliance, call us at Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics right away.

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No matter what kind of orthodontic emergency you may be experiencing, our team at Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics is here to help get your treatment back on track. When an appliance breaks or starts causing abnormal discomfort, call our Augusta or Thomson office right away to schedule your appointment. There is no orthodontic appliance that cannot be fixed. Call us today with any questions or concerns that you may have.

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