5-Star-Rated Emergency Orthodontist in St. Robert, MO & Rolla, MO

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emergency orthodontist in st. robert moTrue orthodontic emergencies are rare, but when they occur, our emergency orthodontist in St. Robert, MO, and Rolla, MO, is available for you. As a general rule, you should call our orthodontic office when you experience severe pain or have a painful appliance problem you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.

What Can You Do While You Wait to See Our Emergency Orthodontist in St. Robert, MO or Rolla, MO?

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to solve many problems yourself temporarily until you can get to our orthodontic office in Rolla, MO or St. Robert, MO. If there is a loose piece that you can remove, put it in a plastic bag or envelope and bring it with you to your next appointment. If your braces are poking you, put soft wax on the piece that’s sticking out. If the wire has slid to one side, you can pull it back to the other side with needle-nosed pliers, replacing it in the tube on the back tooth.

After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our orthodontic office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions to your treatment plan.

General Soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth, and your teeth may be tender to biting pressure for three to five days. Stick to a soft diet until your teeth do not hurt to chew. Irritated gums and other sore spots can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt-water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.

Watch out! Aspirin, Ibuprofen (aka Motrin or Advil), and Naproxen Sodium (aka Naprosyn or Anaprox) actually slow the tooth movement, so it is not advisable to use them frequently while wearing braces.

The lips, cheeks, and tongue may become irritated for one to two weeks as they learn a new posture and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!

Headgear Discomfort

Sometimes discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. Please refer to the instructions provided by our orthodontist in St. Robert, MO and Rolla, MO. If the facebow (metal piece) is bent, please call our office for assistance. The headgear should hurt less the more it’s worn, so be sure you get in the prescribed number of hours.

Loose appliance

If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part. This will help to alleviate your discomfort until Dr. Bowen can help you.

Loose bracket

If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it if needed for comfort. If the bracket or band can be removed easily, place it in an envelope and save it to bring to your next appointment.

Loose wire

Using a pair of tweezers or needle-nosed pliers, try to put your wire back into place. It is okay to use a piece of floss to tie the wire into place: tie the floss around the bracket in place of the missing colored o-ring. If you cannot put the wire into a comfortable position, and covering the end with wax doesn’t help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If the end of the wire is still sharp, place wax on it.

Poking wire

Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down, or place wax on it so that it is no longer poking.

Still Have Questions? Call Our Emergency Orthodontist in St. Robert, MO & Rolla, MO

If you have an issue that hasn’t been addressed on this page, call 573.364.0700. We want you to be comfortable throughout your orthodontic treatment, and we’ll do what we can to make your treatment as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Dr. Thomas Bowen Is a 5-Star-Rated Emergency Orthodontist in St. Robert, MO & Rolla, MO – Serving St. Robert, MO, Waynesville,  MO, Owensville, MO, Licking, MO, Sullivan, MO, Rolla, MO, Cuba, MO, Salem, MO & St. James, MO

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"Very friendly and accommodating staff. I highly recommend Dr. Bowen for your orthodontic care!!"- Chelsea H. 5 star
"Whether you're talking to Kelsey on the phone or receiving treatment from Dr. Bowen himself, this dental practice is full of talented and friendly people eager to help. I especially recommend their services to anyone who gets anxious in the dental chair — they'll put you right at ease!"- Rob T. 5 star
"I had a wonderful experience at Bowen orthodontics! The ladies in front and back will make you feel right at home. Dr Bowen was great about going over treatment options and answering any questions before leaving. I am very confident in choosing Bowen orthodontics and would highly recommend them to anyone!"- James P. 5 star
“I highly recommend Dr. Bowen and his team! They are highly trained, extremely professional, and we could not be more happy with our son's smile:-)“ - Tamara G. 5 star
"Dr. Bowen and staff have been great! He has been excellent throughout the transition this past year from Dr. H and has continued to enhance care and communication with us during the transition. Highly recommended!"- Craig S. 5 star
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Bowen Orthodontics. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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