Orthodontic Emergencies

Capogna Emergencies
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You're In Good Hands

Although genuine orthodontic emergencies are few and far between, we are here to help if they happen! You should always call our office when you are experiencing severe oral pain or if you have a damaged orthodontic appliance. We will get you in as soon as possible to find a solution to the problem you are experiencing. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do at home until you can get the issue resolved. At Capogna Orthodontics in North Massapequa and Garden City, NY, we always strive to provide the most comfortable and efficient care. 


We can handle it!

General Sorness

Right after you initially get your braces on it is normal to feel general soreness and discomfort.

Even biting into a sandwich may cause tenderness. Stick to soft foods such as soup,

oatmeal, and yogurt during your first few days with braces. If you have sore spots in your mouth or tender gums, rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater solution. 

For severe tenderness, you can take over-the-counter pain medication such as Acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Broken Appliance

If your retainer or clear aligner gets damaged, call our offices as soon as possible!

Loose Bracket or Wire
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Brackets and wires can become dislodged from biting into certain foods or from a direct impact on the face. 

Call our office immediately to schedule an appointment to repair your hardware. 

In the meantime, apply orthodontic wax over the area. You can also remove the rubber band with tweezers to release the bracket.

For a wire that comes completely out of the molar tube, try to use a pair of tweezers or needle-nose pliers to put the wire back in place. 

If you are unable to do so, cover the end of the wire with orthodontic wax to protect your mouth until you can see us.

Poking Ligature Wire

Use an eraser from a pencil to gently push the wire down. Alternatively, cover it with orthodontic wax to prevent it from poking your mouth.