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Orthodontic First Aid

Accidents happen…We’ve got you covered!

WE ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE. If you are experiencing severe pain or have a problem that you cannot resolve yourself, do not come to the office. Instead, please contact us at the following numbers:

EMERGENCY NUMBERS DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS:
Wilk & Wilk Cambridge: 519.624.9455
Wilk & Wilk Oakville: 905.844.5311

EMERGENCY NUMBERS OUTSIDE NORMAL OFFICE HOURS:
Wilk & Wilk Cambridge: 519.716.8866
Wilk & Wilk Oakville: 905.464.3029

Guidelines for Simple Orthodontic Problems

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week following the placement of your braces or after the first Invisalign® aligner is inserted, you will likely feel some pressure and/or discomfort. This will disappear quickly. You may also experience this infrequently following routine adjustments of the braces and inserting new Invisalign® aligners. We generally recommend that you take an analgesic such as acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (e.g. Advil®, Motrin®). This, of course, is the protocol only if there are no known allergies to these medications. If you have an open sore, you can rinse with warm salt water to soothe the area.

Poking Wire

Sometimes a wire can slide and start poking. To resolve the discomfort, push the wire away from the affected area using the eraser end of a pencil or a cotton swab. If the wire cannot be tucked away, cover the end of the wire with a small piece of wax or a cotton ball. If the wire is poking your cheek and wax does not help, you can cover the end with a small piece of cotton, then cut it close to the back of the last brace with nail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, please call our office for an appointment.

Sharp edge of Invisalign® Aligner

If an aligner has a sharp edge, carefully file it down with an emery board. If you still find soreness, please contact our office.

Loose Brackets or Bands

Occasionally during your orthodontic treatment with braces, a bracket or band may become loose. In most cases the bracket or band remains connected to the orthodontic wire and can be left as is and repaired at your next visit. If there are any sharp edges, cover them with orthodontic wax or a cotton swab. Please call us at your earliest convenience so that we can change your next appointment to allow time to repair the broken bracket/band.

Loose or Broken Appliances

Occasionally an appliance may become loose or broken. If this happens, please call us at your earliest convenience so that we can change your next appointment to allow time to inspect, repair and reinsert the appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.

Lost Separators (Rubber donuts between the teeth)

Separators create a tiny space between adjacent teeth usually in preparation for the placement of an orthodontic appliance. As space is created, it is possible for them to fall out. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

Running out of Elastics

If Dr. Wilk has recommended elastic wear to detail your bite and you are running out and need more, please contact our office so we can make arrangements to provide you with more.

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