Emergency Info for Orthodontic Care

Call the office of Fredericton orthodontist Dr. Brian A. Rinehart as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to our office. By calling, you will allow us to make time to fit you into our schedule. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled in the near future, please contact us immediately if an appliance needs to be repaired.

Main Wire comes out of the Brace or Tube on a Back Molar Tooth

You can attempt to reinsert the wire with a pair of needle nosed pliers or tweezers. If the wire is sticking you, place a piece of wax over the area. If the wire is sticking you and wax does not help, the wire can be cut with a small wire cutter or nail clipper close to the back of the last brace. This should be considered as a last resort and only done if professional help is not available.

Brace comes Loose from a Tooth

In most cases, the brace will remain connected to the main wire and does not require an emergency visit. You can use tweezers to reposition a brace if it flips around and is causing you irritation. Please call our office at your earliest convenience as it may be necessary to schedule an appointment to address the loose braces.

Your Teeth Become Sore after a Visit

Our office generally recommends taking an analgesic such as acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g., Advil, Motrin). This is done only if there are no known allergies to these medications. Many patients find rinsing with Peroxyl or a cup of warm water and teaspoon of salt to be soothing.

Part of Your Braces or Retainer Breaks

Please save the piece and call the office of Dr. Rinehart to set up a repair visit.

You Notice Small Spaces Developing between Your Teeth

Don’t panic! In most cases this is normal and expected, especially during the early stages of treatment as your teeth move into different position. Those spaces will eventually close.

Rubber Separator Falls Out

It may or may not be necessary to replace them. Please call our office the next morning.

Bleeding when Brushing or Flossing

This typically means you have an area of inflammation. Continue to brush, floss and use an antibacterial rinse to keep the area clean. If you are experiencing any pain or notice a bump of some sort, this should be addressed with Dr. Rinehart as soon as possible.

Food is Stuck between Your Teeth

Use dental floss or a proxy brush to dislodge the food.

Fredericton Main Office

102-523 Dundonald St,
Fredericton, NB, E3B 1X5

Main: 506-451-8008
Toll Free: 1-877-570-3945
Fax: 506-458-1886

Business Hours
Monday (Admin Staff): 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday-Thursday: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Oromocto Office

22 Commerce Dr., Oromocto, NB, E2V 0B9

Main: 506-357-8828

Business Hours

Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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