There are very few true orthodontic emergencies. Most problems can be remedied at home by referring to the information below. However, if you have a situation you cannot resolve on your own, call us as soon as possible, so we can fit you in for a repair appointment. If you are calling after office hours, Dr. Gosalia can be reached at 603-325-2819.
If your wire is causing irritation, try moving it away from the affected area with a cotton swab or pencil eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of the wire with a piece of wax as shown in the video below.
If the wire is still painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized with alcohol.
Check braces once a week for anything loose or bent. If a bracket or band comes loose or you break a wire, please call our office at 603-924-3040 so that we can arrange an appointment long enough to repair it. Try to explain what has happened by using the diagram provided and be as specific as possible with the receptionist. If you experience a loose appliance after hours, try to stabilize the loose wire or brace to make it as comfortable as possible and call us the next business day to schedule a repair. If you have pain that you feel requires immediate attention call Dr. Gosalia at 603-325-2819.
After braces are placed in the mouth it is normal for the teeth to be sore for about 2 or 3 days. Tylenol or Advil will help relieve this discomfort. Some irritation to the cheeks and tongue is normal, warm salt water rinses will help reduce the discomfort. However, if you feel anything sharp or any sores are developing, please call our office at 603-924-3040.
Separators are usually only in for a week. If they have fallen out shortly after they were placed (within 1-3 days) please call our office to see if they need to be replaced.
If you lose your bag of elastics, call us so we can mail you some more or drop by the office and pick some up.
If you have had ra ecent sports-related injury or trauma to your teeth or braces, please refer to the following link for step-by-step information on how to manage it. Click here.