Emergencies

True orthodontic “emergencies” are rare but when they do occur, Dr. Gilsdorf is here to help you. Most orthodontic appliance problems that occur for both adults and children can be managed at home until you can make time and get into the office.

Invisalign – If you Lose or Damage your Aligner

We suggest that you always keep your latest Invisalign aligner just in case you lose or damage one. If you do lose or damage your Invisalign aligner you can reuse your latest Invisalign tray or if you are close to the end of that tray and you have your next tray, you can just advance to your next aligner tray. Make sure to inform our office what happened.

Braces – If you have Loose Brackets or Wire Poking

Loose brackets and/or poking wires can be irritating and frustrating! It’s important to call and come in during the first few days that you notice it. If you have them fixed promptly, you or your child will not be at risk for any adverse impacts on your treatment. Sometimes these problems can be solved temporarily at home until you schedule an appointment with our office.

  • Loose Appliance

    If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the part that is bothering you, until you are able to contact us for an appointment to have it examined and repaired.

  • Loose Bracket or Wire Poking

    Loose brackets and/or poking wires can be irritating and frustrating! It’s important to call and come in during the first few days that you notice it. If you have them fixed promptly, you or your child will not be at risk for any adverse impacts on your treatment (i.e. longer treatment time). Sometimes these problems can be solved temporarily at home until you schedule an appointment with our office. If it is after hours and you feel that your situation can’t wait please call our office. We have an answering service that will get your message to us.

  • Loose Wire

    You can use tweezers to try to put your wire back into place. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it. Contact us for an appointment to have it examined and repaired.

  • Poking Wire

    You can use a pencil eraser to push the poking wire down, or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort. If the discomfort continues or the poking wire is severe, please contact us for an appointment to have it examined and repaired.

    Even if you are able to alleviate your discomfort, it is still very important that you call our office asap to schedule a time to repair the problem. Damaged or loose wires could result in disruptions in your treatment plan and a longer treatment time.

  • General Soreness

    When you get your braces on, and sometimes following adjustments, it is completely normal to have general soreness in your mouth. In fact, your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater or mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. If pain persists, contact our office for an evaluation.

    The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. You will be shown how to use the wax when we give you your kit at your appointment when you have your appliance placed.

If it is after hours and you feel that your situation can’t wait please call our office. We have an answering service that will get your message to us.