Emergency Info

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 If you have an after-hours emergency, please call Dr. Krishnan at (703) 405-0086.

Although true orthodontic emergencies are very rare, we here at Dr. Krishnan's orthodontic office want to be available to help you through any situation that may arise during your orthodontic treatment. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain, have a painful appliance problem, or feel something is broken, loose or missing. If you have a true orthodontic emergency after hours, please call the office. You will be given the after-hours emergency phone number to call and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with us. After you are able to alleviate your discomfort, it is still very important to call us so that we can determine if we need to schedule a priority appointment to evaluate the situation. Allowing damaged appliances to remain for an extended period of time may result in longer treatment times and additional problems. Please do not come directly to the office without calling first. By calling first, you allow us to create a time to see you that will minimize your waiting and allow us to efficiently treat your situation.

Here are a few of the more common orthodontic discomforts with solutions you can try at home.

Tips In Case An Orthodontic Emergency Arise

If you experience any abnormal pain, swelling, bleeding or have a trauma that causes your orthodontics to fail, contact our office immediately by following these steps.

  • Call our Calvert County office.
  • Allow us to make priority time for you.
  • Come in once you have made an appointment with Dr. Krishnan.

If you are unable to reach us in the office because it is after normal business hours, follow the emergency instructions on our automated answering system.

What To Do If Your Brackets or Bands Come Loose

Call our office for advice if a bracket or band is loosened. If the bracket or band is still attached to the wire, leave it in place and cover it with wax. If it flips around and is irritating, you can sometimes use a small tweezer that has been disinfected with alcohol to "flip it back" so that the bracket is facing outward again. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend because you cannot alleviate the discomfort. If you need to cut a wire in case of an emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day so that we may schedule an appointment for you. Even if you have relief from the discomfort, please call our office so it can be determined if an additional appointment is needed.

What To Do With Irritating Wires

Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire 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.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. Rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash can relieve this. To do so, simply dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. Placing Orabase on the affected area may help; this can be found in a pharmacy. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin, Tylenol, Advil or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this.

Lost Separator

Many 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.

Contact Us

We are available to help with any orthodontic emergencies that our Calvert County and Prince Frederick, MD patients may experience. We recognize that orthodontic emergencies don't always happen during office hours, however. If you have an emergency outside of normal business hours, call our office and follow the emergency instructions on the recording. And as always, if you need to visit us, make an appointment today!