Orthodontic Emergencies

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare - most can be handled by these steps or via email or phone. Dr. Kuncio or a colleague will always be available during business hours for true emergencies.

As a general rule, you should call the office if you experience severe pain, or have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself.  For injuries and serious medical emergencies, always call 9-1-1.  But you might also be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you can see a doctor. For example:

  • If a piece falls off, please save it and bring it to the office.
  • If you have general tooth soreness, especially right after a visit with us, this is normal. If the discomfort becomes too intrusive, drink something cold or take some over-the-counter pain medication.  Please call us if this lasts more than 3 days.
  • Use the back of a spoon, the eraser end of a pencil, or a tweezer to gently push any loose wires back into place, away from your gums or cheek.
  • If a broken or loose wire or bracket is irritating, cover it with dental wax or a wet cotton ball.  Warm salt-water rinses help alleviate gum, cheek, or lip discomfort.
  • If your headgear facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance.