What to Do in Case of an Emergency
If an emergency happens to occur at home after your visit, please call Family Dental Associates as soon as possible at 954-973-0990. If you have a regular appointment already scheduled, we still recommend that you call us immediately if any of your appliances break or loosen. We ask that you do not come to our office directly however, as we need to contact our doctors regarding their availability prior to your visit.
Loose Brackets or Bands
If a bracket or wire is loosened during your orthodontic treatment, we recommend that you call our office immediately. The bracket that has loosened may need to be re-fitted, and we will evaluate your emergency as soon as your visit is scheduled. Your situation may require cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off of a wire during your appointment. In case of an immediate emergency where your wire must be cut to avoid further injury, you may use fingernail clippers that have been sterilized in alcohol. Please call Family Dental Associates the next business day so we can schedule an appointment for you.
If you are experiencing discomfort from a wire on your braces, you can try moving the wire away from the irritated area using a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, we suggest that you try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is extremely painful and you cannot get into our office right away, you can cut the wire with fingernail clippers that have been sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office immediately if the wire is still irritating you.
It is quite common during orthodontic treatment that patients lose their separators. If you happen to lose a separator, there is nothing major to be concerned with. Simply call our office to see if it is in need of immediate replacement.
Discomfort During Orthodontic Treatment
After your doctor at Family Dental Associates has put your new braces in place, you may feel slight pain, soreness or discomfort. If you are experiencing any sort of pain during your orthodontic treatment, we suggest that you take acetaminophen or any other non-aspirin pain reliever while you adjust to your braces. A warm washcloth or heating pad may also reduce the soreness on your jawline.
Contact Our Practice Today
Thank you for choosing Family Dental Associates as your local Margate and Coconut Creek, Florida practice. If you are experiencing an emergency at home that requires immediate care, please contact us at 954-973-0990 so we can schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and will do our best to remedy the situation. We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you during your next visit!