Emergencies

We hope that you will never experience an orthodontic emergency, but if you do, we want you to know that we are always available.

During office hours, emergency time is held open so we may see you as soon as possible. Please understand that although we keep a variety of emergency times available, we may not be able to offer you your "ideal" time for emergency appointments. Our goal is to accommodate you as soon as possible based on the urgency of the situation.

If an emergency occurs call our office as soon as possible. Please do not come directly to the office. By calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.

If an emergency occurs after hours, we can be reached by calling 303-666-9717download. Please leave a detailed message so we can address the situation as soon as possible. Most of the time Dr. Melcher or an assistant will be able to help you over the phone with a solution to the problem.

If you have a serious injury to the mouth involving braces, and you are unable to reach us, we recommend you call your general dentist or go directly to the emergency room to obtain appropriate care. Incidentally, you will be happy to know that due to the thoroughness of our comprehensive examinations and treatment, our patients experience very few emergencies.

Lost Separator

Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but please call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

Sore Teeth/Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

Right after you get your braces, and sometimes after you have an adjustment appointment, your teeth and mouth will feel sore. To alleviate the pain, you may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. You can also gargle lukewarm saltwater, which is a mixture of one teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of water. A warm wash cloth or a heating pad may also reduce the soreness in your jaws.

Wire Irritations

Try 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.

Loose Bracket

First, call our office to see if the bracket needs to be re-fitted. If you have a situation where you must cut the wire or slide a bracket off the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day to schedule a repair appointment.

Loose Wire

Try putting the wire back in place using tweezers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If that does not work, try putting wax over the wire where it is poking you. If you have a situation where you must cut the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Cut the wire behind the last bracket in which it is secured.

Headgear Doesn't Fit

If your headgear is causing pain, it's usually because it isn't being worn long enough. Please adhere to your orthodontist's instructions, and wear your headgear for the instructed amount of hours each day. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for an appointment. Do not try to adjust it yourself.