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Your Local Kansas City, MO Orthodontist 

At Creekwood Orthodontics, our mission is to provide the highest possible quality orthodontic care in a friendly, easy-going environment. Dr. John Dorsch and our team of highly trained orthodontic specialists will work with you to design and implement a customized treatment plan that will perfectly fit your orthodontic needs. We are committed to customer service, and no matter what issue you may experience; we're here to help.

In Case of Emergency

While there are few true orthodontic emergencies, we're here no matter what happens. If you have a broken appliance or are in serious pain, please call us as soon as possible and we'll schedule you an appointment right away. Even if you already have an appointment scheduled, if you've broken an appliance, be sure to call us first - this will help us prepare to fix things up as quickly as possible.

Thankfully, most orthodontic malfunctions are minor and can often be fixed at home. Refer to these guidelines for information on what to do during a few common situations, and remember - even if you stop the pain from a broken appliance, you'll still need a repair appointment. 

Lost Separator

Losing a separator during treatment is extremely common - don't stress over it, but be sure to call us to see if it needs to be replaced. 

Sore or Painful Teeth

Often, patients experience soreness or discomfort after an adjustment appointment or after first getting braces. This is completely normal and all part of the process - it's a sign that your orthodontics are working and moving your teeth to their correct positions! If you do experience pain, you can take acetaminophen or any other non-aspirin pain reliever during your adjustment phase. You can also try gargling lukewarm saltwater (one teaspoon of salt for every eight ounces of water), or use a warm washcloth or heating pad to combat soreness. The pain should go away in a few days, but if it continues to persist, call us to make sure everything is all right. 

Wire irritations

If a wire is bothering you, try repositioning it with a cotton swab or the eraser of a pencil. If it won't budge, you can cover it with a small piece of cotton or dental wax. If it continues to be painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been sterilized in alcohol. If you do need to cut a wire, call us afterwards to determine if repairs need to be made. 

Loose Bracket

If a wire is bothering you, try repositioning it with a cotton swab or the eraser of a pencil. If it won't budge, you can cover it with a small piece of cotton or dental wax. If it continues to be painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been sterilized in alcohol. If you do need to cut a wire, call us afterwards to determine if repairs need to be made. 

Loose Wire

If a loose wire is bothering you, sterilize a pair of tweezers with alcohol and use them to try to move the wire back in place. If that doesn't work, try covering the wire with dental wax. If the wire is severely uncomfortable, cut it behind the last bracket it's secured in with sterilized nail clippers and call us as soon as possible.

Poorly Fitting Headgear

If your headgear is painful, you may not be wearing it for long enough. Make sure to adhere to Dr. Dorsch's instructions and wear your headgear for the correct number of hours each day. However, if your facebow is bent, please call our office for an appointment - don't try to adjust it on your own.

Contact Your Kansas City, MO Orthodontic Specialists

Have more questions? We're here to help! Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Kansas City, MO office. We can't wait to hear from you!