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Emergency Info

It never fails that orthodontic issues often occur during off-hours when offices are closed. Many common issues may be temporarily corrected at home until patients can be seen. Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser provide patients living in and around Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia’s eastern shore with emergency information to relieve any discomfort during orthodontic treatments.

Common Emergency Scenarios

If your teeth become sore after a visit, 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. Rinsing with Peroxyl or a cup of warm water and teaspoon of salt can also be soothing.

If food becomes stuck between your teeth, use dental floss or a proxy brush to dislodge the food.

If a wire causes irritation, push the wire away from the 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, a cotton ball, or a piece of sugarless gum until you can see us for an adjustment.

If the main wire has come out of the brace or tube on a back molar tooth, attempt to reinsert the wire with a pair of tweezers. If the wire is not sticking you, place a piece of wax over the area. If the wire is sticking you and wax does not help, the wire can be cut with a small wire cutter or nail clipper close to the back of the last brace. This is a last resort if professional help is unavailable.

If a brace comes loose from a tooth, it usually remains connected to the main wire and is not cause for an emergency visit. Tweezers can be used to re-position the brace if it flips around the wire and becomes a source of irritation. Call our office at your earliest convenience. It may be necessary to schedule a separate visit to repair the loose brace(s), since repairs of this nature usually take additional time.

If you lose a separator, please call the office.

If you experience trauma to the mouth, please call the office.

While many problems can be treated at home, it is important to be seen as soon as possible, especially when appliances are involved. Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser offer emergency information to people living in and around Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia’s eastern shore to provide temporary relief until they can be seen. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, contact us today to schedule your free consultation.