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Appointments for adjustments are scheduled when you are in the office, as different types of appointments require different amounts of doctor and staff time. If you need to change your appointment, call our appointment scheduling number at
Orthodontic Emergency Cell Phone
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You may call the office number after business hours to leave non-urgent messages. Otherwise, if you have an orthodontic emergency after business hours you may call our emergency contact phone at (530) 368-6252. Leave a brief message describing your emergency, your name and phone number. Our emergency contact person will listen to the message and promptly return your call to talk you through what to do or arrange for someone to meet you at one of our offices to correct the problem. If you have a life threatening emergency, call 911.
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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 our office and leave a message if it's after hours or call the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.
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 our office for an appointment.
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 wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.