For situations requiring immediate medical attention, you should contact your doctor or local emergency medical services.
For orthodontic-related emergencies, our office is here to help. Most emergency situations can be temporarily taken care of at home, though. Usually loose brackets and wires that are causing some discomfort or poking can be covered in wax or pushed back into place. Loose and poking wires can be manipulated using tweezers or a pencil eraser. It’s still important to call the office and set up an appointment to have the issue corrected. Please call ahead to let us know something is loose so that we can be prepared for you and minimize your time spent at your next visit.
If it is on the weekend or after hours, hang tight! Dr Wesley leaves his cell phone on the answering machine and can be contacted at any time he is not in the office. Leave a message and he or a team member will call you back as soon as they can.
Keep in mind that there may be some discomfort for a few weeks after getting your braces on and for several days after an adjustment. In these situations, rinsing with salt water or taking an over-the-counter pain reliever may alleviate the pain.