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What to Do in Case of a Dental Emergency


Please contact Patricia Choi Orthodontics in Fremont, CAif you break or loosen any of your appliances. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, contact us if you need an appliance repair. 

For tips on how to manage common orthodontic problems before your appointment, see our Emergency Care Guide. 



Orthodontic Emergency Guide

Poking Wires
Loose brackets or band

If you need to cut a wire in case of an emergency, you may use fingernail clippers wiped in alcohol. This situation can occur when a band or bracket becomes loose and the wire pokes into the cheek.

Lost separators

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

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces are in place, you will likely feel some soreness, or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or Advil while you adjust to your new braces. Warm salt water rinses 2-3 times/day will allow toughening of oral lining to prevent canker sore.

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