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First Aid

s-braces2In Case Of Orthodontic Emergency

First, call your local Lingenbrink Orthodontics office in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, or Bremerton, WA as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances.

Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.

Here is what to do in other orthodontic first aid situations:

  • Loose Brackets or Bands
    Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible.

    You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol.

    Please call your local office the next business day so that we may schedule an appointment for you.

  • Wire Irritations
    Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax.

    If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call one of offices in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, or Bremerton, WA for an appointment.

  • Lost Separators
    Most patients 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 and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm washcloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.

Contact Your Local Bremerton, WA Orthodontist

If you have any questions about first aid treatment pertaining to your orthodontic appliances, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, or Bremerton, WA. We’re happy to help!

Lingenbrink Orthodontics

  • Bremerton/Silverdale Office - 55 N.E. Fairgrounds Rd., Suite 100, Bremerton, WA 98311 Phone: (360) 692-4811
  • Port Orchard/Belfair Office - 1890 Pottery Ave., Port Orchard, WA 98366 Phone: (360) 895-9099
  • Gig Harbor Office - 4700 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W., Suite 204, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Phone: (253) 851-8890

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