Emergency Care

Emergency Dental Care in Sacramento, Roseville, and Folsom, CA

Though orthodontic emergencies are rare, if they do occur we are available to you. If you are experiencing a problem that you cannot take care of yourself, please call our office and we will schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.

Please see below for common problems you can alleviate from home:


General soreness

It is common for you to feel a general soreness when you first get your braces on. We recommend sticking to a soft diet & rinsing your mouth with a warm salt-water mouthwash. Simply dissolve one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water and rinse vigorously. As a last resort, take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a similar pain reliever for headaches. Be aware, Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and Naproxen Sodium (Naprosyn, Anaprox) slows tooth movement, so try to avoid using these frequently while wearing braces.



Overtime the more headgear is worn, the less discomfort you should feel. Make sure to wear your headgear the prescribed number of hours. If the facebow (metal piece) is bent, please call our office.


Loose appliance

If your appliance is poking you, you can place wax on the offending part.


Loose bracket

If your bracket is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it, if needed. If the bracket is no longer attached, place it in an envelope and save it for your next appointment.


Loose wire

Using a pair of tweezers or needle nosed pliers, try to put the wire back into place. Try using a piece of floss to tie the wire back into place by tying the floss around the bracket in place of the missing colored o-ring. If that doesn’t work, use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened.


Poking wire

A broken or poking wire can typically be bent in with a pencil eraser.