Emergencies

SurgerypictureThere are very few orthodontic problems that require urgent attention. Breakages can be easily managed at your next appointment. If in pain please call the practice. For after hours emergencies (for current patients of our practice only) please call 0419315168 and please leave a message.

Prevention is the best cure.
Follow our dietary guidelines. Experience has shown 95% of breakages result from failing to observe instructions as to the correct foods to eat. Resist the temptation to eat lollies and hard foods.

  1. Wires sticking into cheek.
    Use the wax provided as necessary to manage any spots that feel sharp or rough. Soften the wax under warm water and place over the area. It will fall off by itself and need to be replaced (there is no problem with regard to swallowing it).
  2. Rubber comes loose.
    Do not worry if a single rubber (module) or rubber chain comes loose or breaks. This will not affect the treatment. If the brace feels a little rough use some wax.
  3. Brace comes loose from a tooth.
    This is best fixed at the next appointment. If it has rolled around or moved it can be easily positioned with light finger pressure. Avoid hard and sticky food.
  4. Broken wire. 
    Will not cause harm and is easily replaced at the next visit. The teeth are still moving and under treatment.
  5. Jaw expander comes out.
    Try to gently replace it and call the practice. If unable to, do not be too concerned. Although there may be some minor discomfort, it will not cause any harm.