If your braces are causing extreme pain or if something breaks, you should call our office. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If the emergency occurs after our office is closed from Friday-Sunday, a team member is available by cell phone (509) 551-5883 during the hours of 8am - 5 pm. If the emergency occurs during the evening or early morning hours, or on a holiday, and is a true dental emergency (i.e. laceration, trauma, extreme pain), Dr. Week can be reached by her cell phone (509) 438-1211. If you require an emergency appointment, we will set aside time for you.
If food becomes stuck between your teeth, use your Waterpik, dental floss or a proxy brush to dislodge the food.
Sometimes a wire can cause irritation. To resolve the discomfort, 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 or a cotton ball. 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. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, please call our office for an appointment.
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 reposition the braces if it flips around the wire and becomes a source of irritation. Call our office at your earliest convenience, as 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 have a Loose Expander / Appliance or Trauma to the Mouth, please contact us immediately.
If your Invisalign tray is irritating your gums or causing discomfort, simply use a new and clean nail file to smooth any rough edges. If you still find soreness, please contact our office.