Orthodontic Repair and Comfort Appointments

It is a fact of life: accidents happen from time to time, and unfortunately, they can happen to your braces. Whether it was an accidental blow to your mouth or an apple that just looked too tasty, we understand that some things are simply out of your control or are the result of learning to live with your orthodontic treatment.

If you find yourself in the middle of an orthodontic emergency in Glastonbury, Connecticut, the first thing to do is remain calm. The second thing to do is call Risinger Orthodontics at 860-633-8321 and make an appointment with our orthodontist, Dr. Richard Risinger. Our experienced team will help you to know what you should do to create a temporary fix until you can come into our office for a more thorough check and guidance. Some orthodontic accidents can result in lost treatment time, but quick action and careful care of your personal appliances will help prevent the worst effects of these mishaps.

Accidents and emergencies are simply a part of orthodontic treatment, just like every other aspect of life, and they happen to everyone. Our orthodontist and team will not judge you or berate you for things outside of your control, and we will do everything we can to make sure your treatment is comfortable and effective. If you find that a single kind of accident or problem is happening to you frequently, please talk with our team and we will help you to change your habits in a way to avoid repeating the same painful mistakes in the future.

If you experience an orthodontic emergency, such as a broken or lost appliance, we urge you to call our office as soon as possible. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled soon, please call us immediately to let us know that you need an appliance repaired. We will also be able to provide you with any needed instructions on what to do until you can come to see our orthodontist.

Loose Brackets or Bands

If a bracket, band or wire is loosened, please call our office immediately; the brackets may need to be refitted. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, we recommend using fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. You may also need to slide a bracket off at night or over a weekend before you are able to come to our office. Please call our office on the next business day so we can schedule an appointment for you.

Poking Wires or Wire Irritations

If the wire is irritating your cheeks or gums, you can move it away from the irritated area by using a cotton swab or eraser. If you cannot move the wire, cover the end of it with a small piece of cotton or wax to relieve irritation. If the wire is still painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you need to cut the wire or cannot resolve the wire irritation, call us for an appointment.

Lost Separators

Many patients lose a separator over the course of their treatment. If you lose a separator, call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

Discomfort With Braces and Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces are placed and after routine adjustments, you may feel some soreness or discomfort. This is normal, and you do not need to worry. You may want to take acetaminophen or another non-aspirin pain reliever if your teeth are sore after adjustment appointments. You may also wish to use a warm washcloth or heating pad to reduce soreness in the jaws.

If you experience these or any other types of orthodontic emergencies, we encourage you to call our friendly orthodontist and team as soon as possible. We are here to provide the care you need!