Emergencies

When you’re looking for an orthodontist in or around Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Florence, we at Hudson Orthodontics are here to provide you with the most compassionate orthodontic care you’ll find in the area. We understand that no matter how effective or well-prepared an orthodontic treatment is, there’s always the potential for an orthodontic emergency. We aim to do whatever we can to help, which is why we recommend that you please read the following information so that if you ever find yourself having one of these emergencies, you’ll know exactly what to do.

Lost Separator

Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but please call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

Sore Teeth/Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

Right after you get your braces, and sometimes after you have an adjustment appointment, your teeth and mouth will feel sore. To alleviate the pain, you may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. You can also gargle lukewarm saltwater, which is a mixture of one teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of water. A warm wash cloth or a heating pad may also reduce the soreness in your jaws.

Wire Irritations

Try 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.

Loose Bracket

First, call our office to see if the bracket needs to be re-fitted. If you have a situation where you must cut the wire or slide a bracket off the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day to schedule a repair appointment.

Loose Wire

Try putting the wire back in place using tweezers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If that does not work, try putting wax over the wire where it is poking you. If you have a situation where you must cut the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Cut the wire behind the last bracket in which it is secured.

Headgear Doesn't Fit

If your headgear is causing pain, it's usually because it isn't being worn long enough. Please adhere to your orthodontist's instructions, and wear your headgear for the instructed amount of hours each day. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for an appointment. Do not try to adjust it yourself.

Contact Your Orthodontist in the Shoals Area!

If you have any orthodontic emergencies or you’re unsure if what you’re experiencing is an emergency, please be sure to give us a call at (256) 383-8736 and we’ll do whatever we can to help you. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us online or give us a call. We hope to help you through your orthodontic treatment as smoothly as possible! 

Hudson Orthodontics

  • Hudson Orthodontics - 1011 E. Avalon Ave., Muscle Shoals, AL 35661 Phone: 256-383-8736 Fax: 256-383-1782

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