Emergency Info

Explained By Your Prior Lake Orthodontist

Dr. Suzan Ekim and her staff at Ekim Orthodontics want to ensure that if you are having an emergency, you are taken care of quickly and effectively. Complications can happen with braces, which is why we have highlighted the most common appliance problems below and what to do in the case of an orthodontic emergency.

What to Do in the Case of an Emergency

  1. Call our office as soon as possible if any appliances break or come loose.
  2. Notify us that you need to repair an appliance.
  3. Schedule a time for us to see you.

Loose Brackets or Bands

  1. Call our office.
    1. We may need to refit the bracket.
    2. You may need a wire cut or a bracket slid off a wire.
  2. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, do so with washed and sterilized fingernail clippers
  3. Call our office during our office hours and schedule an appointment

Wire Irritations

You may be able to resolve this discomfort by using a cotton swab or eraser to push the wire away from the irritated area. If this does not work, a temporary fix is to cover the tip of the wire with cotton or a tiny bit of wax. As mentioned above, if the wire is still causing pain, you may cut it with sterilized scissors or nail clippers. If this still does not fix the problem, call our office to schedule an appointment.

Lost Separators

This is a common situation for patients during orthodontic treatment. Call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

You will most likely feel some pain, soreness, or discomfort during the first week of orthodontic treatment once braces are in place and all adjustments have been completed. While you are adjusting to your new braces, you may take non-aspirin pain relievers or acetaminophen. A natural option is a warm washcloth or a heating pad to reduce jaw soreness.

Contact Your Prior Lake, MN Orthodontic Office

*If you have an orthodontic emergency after hours, please call (952) 495-4105.
The hours of this line are from 12PM on Friday – 9AM on Monday.

Thank you for choosing Ekim Orthodontics as your trusted orthodontic practice. We serve patients around the Prior Lake and Savage, MN area. We can be reached for appointment requests at (952) 447-6077, our online form, or ekimortho@gmail.com. We hope to see you in our office soon!