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Emergencies

Is This an Emergency?

Many orthodontic issues can be resolved at home and are not emergencies. If you’re experiencing any of these problematic issues, try these solutions at home before calling for an appointment; these tips may be able to provide you with relief sooner.

  • Sore Teeth: It’s common to experience soreness with orthodontic treatments, especially after an adjustment. Take a non-aspirin pain reliever as this should provide you with relief quickly.
  • Pokey Wire: Wires can slip out of the last bracket, jabbing you in the mouth and causing discomfort. You can try to correct it yourself using tweezers. If you’re unable to slide the wire back into place, place wax on the wire to prevent poking until you can schedule an appointment.
  • Wire Sticking out of Bracket: Because your teeth are moving closer together with your braces treatment, the wire may become too long and poke you, causing sores in your mouth. Use wax on the wire end to protect your mouth and Dr. Dierkes will shorten the wire at your next appointment.

A True Emergency

If you have a bracket that has loosened or come off the tooth, it needs to be replaced right away or it will affect your treatment. A broken bracket is considered an emergency, and we will schedule an appointment for you immediately. Please call JMD Orthodontics and TMJ at 678-671-2176.

If Your Issue Cannot Be Corrected at Home

If your orthodontic issues cannot be remedied with the tips above, please give us a call at 678-671-2176 to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. J. Michael Dierkes, DDS, MS, NMD is a nationally recognized orthodontic specialist who has been creating beautiful smiles for over 30 years. His services have improved the lives of people from Roswell and the surrounding areas, including residents of Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Marietta, and Atlanta. Whether you are an adult, a child, or a teenager, our knowledgeable staff is committed to helping you achieve the radiant, beautiful smile you deserve. Please call us today to schedule your initial consultation!