If you have an orthodontic emergency, we encourage you to call us right away. It is important that you see Drs. Greg and Nicole Nalchajian or a member of our team as soon as possible to address and resolve the issue. Our team is available to see you at either of our 2 convenient locations in Fresno, CA, and Clovis, CA.
The most common issues that patients encounter are loose and poking wires, which can irritate the mouth and cause pain and discomfort if not resolved right away. Call our office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. It is important not to let any problem go unresolved for any length of time. In the event you are unable to see us immediately, there are some measures you can take to resolve the issue temporarily. If you have a poking wire or bracket, you can place wax over the problem area to alleviate the discomfort until you can see us. If you have a loose wire, you can use a pair of clean tweezers or needle nose pliers to guide the wire into their bracket. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—we can talk you through the most common orthodontic problems.
We want to fix your problem as quickly as possible. While we can guide you through temporary fixes for common orthodontic problems over the phone, it is helpful to understand the different parts of your appliance when describing your issue to our team. Please hold on to any part of your appliance that may have fallen off or broken completely, and bring it with you to your next appointment.
While some orthodontic emergencies are unavoidable, prevention methods and common sense is often the best way to avoid problems. Avoid sticky, chewy, crunchy, or hard foods, and wear a mouthguard during physical activity; maintain regular brushing and flossing, and pay attention to your orthodontic treatment so that you can identify any issues in advance.
We understand the immediate and unpredictable nature of orthodontic emergencies and are here for you whenever you need us. If you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency, please call our office immediately. We will assist you right away.