Emergencies

There are very few true orthodontic emergencies, but we are always available to help you. If you have a broken appliance or are experiencing intense pain, please call us as soon as possible. We will do our best to fit you into the schedule for an appointment. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call immediately to notify us that you need an appliance repaired.

Lost Separator

Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but please call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

Sore Teeth/Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

Right after you get your braces, and sometimes after you have an adjustment appointment, your teeth and mouth will feel sore. To alleviate the pain, you may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. You can also gargle lukewarm saltwater, which is a mixture of one teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of water. A warm wash cloth or a heating pad may also reduce the soreness in your jaws.

Wire Irritations

Try 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 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.

Loose Bracket

Occasionally, you may have a loose or broken bracket. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call immediately to notify us that you need an appliance repaired.

Loose Wire

Please call immediately to notify us that you need an appliance repaired.Try putting wax over the wire where it is poking you or loose to hold it in place until you come in for your repair appointment. 

Headgear Doesn't Fit

If your headgear is causing pain, it's usually because it isn't being worn long enough. Please adhere to your orthodontist's instructions, and wear your headgear for the instructed amount of hours each day. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for an appointment. Do not try to adjust it yourself.

Davis & Nyczepir Orthodontics

  • Chester Office - 10436 Ironbridge Rd., Chester, VA 23831 Phone: 804-748-3234
  • Richmond Office - 9015 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23235 Phone: 804-272-7528
  • Midlothian Office - 1009 Crowder Dr., Midlothian, VA 23113 Phone: 804-794-4213
  • Amelia Office - 10160 Superior Way, Amelia, VA 23002 Phone: 804-748-3234

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