Occasionally a portion of the orthodontic appliance may break or otherwise cause some discomfort. If this occurs, the patient should contact our office for instructions. If necessary, the patient will be given an immediate appointment, but we ask that the patient call before coming to the office in order that we can prepare our schedule accordingly. There is seldom an emergency in orthodontic therapy, but if the patient is suffering significant discomfort, Dr. Serino can be contacted through the answering service at (410) 819-5356 should you have a true after hours' emergency.
We ask that each patient maintain continued regular dental examinations with their dentist throughout their treatment in our office. This allows each family dentist to keep abreast of his or her patient's progress and adds continuity to the treatment the family dentist will need to render in the future.
If a spacer should fall out, this is not an emergency. Call the office the next business day, and we will make arrangements to have if replaced. It is important if a spacer does come out after the first few days of placement to have it replaced. Typically, if it comes out the night before your banding visit, it is not a concern. If a spacer is out more than 48 hours, then it can cause a problem fitting the bands.
Most emergencies can be managed simply with orthodontic wax!