Orthodontic emergencies

True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but when they occur we are available for you. As a general rule, you should call our office when you experience severe pain or have a painful appliance problem you can't take care of yourself. We'll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem. 

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to solve many problems yourself temporarily until you can get to our office. For example:

If there is a loose piece that you can remove, put it in a plastic bag or envelope and bring it with you to your next appointment.

If your braces are poking you, put soft wax on the piece that's sticking out.

If the wire has slid to one side, you can pull it back to the other side with needle-nosed pliers, replacing it in the tube on the back tooth. 

After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important you call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions to your treatment plan.

 

General soreness

General soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth, and your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. Stick to a soft diet until your teeth do not hurt to chew. Irritated gums and other sore spots can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt-water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and Naproxen Sodium (Naprosyn, Anaprox) actually slow the tooth movement, so it is not advisable to use them frequently while wearing braces. 

The lips, cheeks, and tongue may become irritated for one to two weeks as they learn a new posture and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We'll show you how! 

 

Headgear

Headgear

Sometimes discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. Please refer to the instructions provided by your orthodontist. If the facebow (metal piece) is bent, please call our office for assistance. The headgear should hurt less the more it's worn, so be sure you get in the prescribed number of hours. 

 

Loose appliance

Loose appliance

If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part. 

 
 

Loose bracket

Loose bracket

If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it if needed for comfort. If the bracket or band can be removed easily, place it in an envelope and save it to bring to your next appointment. 

 

 

Loose wire

Loose wire

Using a pair of tweezers or needle-nosed pliers, try to put your wire back into place. It is okay to use a piece of floss to tie the wire into place: tie the floss around the bracket in place of the missing colored o-ring. If you cannot put the wire into a comfortable position, and covering the end with wax doesn't help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If the end of the wire is still sharp place wax on it.

 

Poking wire

Poking wire

Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it so that it is no longer poking. 

 

 

Want to start your journey to a beautifully straight smile? Book your free consultation with the friendly Fillman Orthodontics team today. 

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Invisalign - what is it?

Invisalign treatment uses a series of virtually invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that allow you to smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign clear aligners are made with 3D computer imaging technology and have been proven effective. More than 70% of orthodontists in the US and Canada are certified to administer Invisalign treatment.

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Invisalign - what is it?

Invisalign treatment uses a series of virtually invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that allow you to smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign clear aligners are made with 3D computer imaging technology and have been proven effective. More than 70% of orthodontists in the US and Canada are certified to administer Invisalign treatment.

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  • Ruth

    Appointment Coordinator

    Hello, my name is Ruth and I am the one who answers the phone, makes your appointments and welcomes you to our office. I've been here for elevenyears now and really enjoy my work. Dr. Fillman is very talented and I've entrusted him with the smiles of my own children. I love my job and look forward to coming to work every day, meeting and getting to know our patients and parents.

    I was born in Africa and lived in Greece, Japan, and Belgium all because of my father's job. I am married with two kids and I love to walk and hike. I also have two dogs.

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    Treatment Coordinator

    Hi, my name is Claudia. I have many years of office experience and am honored to be working with the team at Fillman Orthodontics. I am here for you from the very beginning, helping to start you on your path to a great smile. The best part of my job.... meeting each of you and getting to know so many really nice people.

    I have three grown daughters and fourbeautiful grandchildren. I was born in California, and other then a few years living in Arizona, I have been here my whole life. I love gardening and playing with my grandkids!

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