Stuart A. Sheer, D.D.S.


As a general rule, orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available for you. You should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have an appliance problem. We will be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.

Loose bracket or band -- If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it.

Poking wire -- Push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.

Loose wire -- Using a tweezer, try to put your wire back into place. You can use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which the wire is attached. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.

General Soreness -- Your braces may cause some discomfort during the first few days of treatment, and after some subsequent adjustments. Your teeth may be tender to biting pressure for a few days. Eat soft foods for the first few days. You may take Tylenol or aspirin if the irritation persists. If your lips, cheeks or tongue become irritated, you can put wax on the braces to lessen this.