Thank you for visiting Dr. Stock’s Emergency Information page. In the case of an orthodontic emergency, please call our main office at 319.338.8658. We’ll be able to provide further instructions on how to handle your emergency.
Please refrain from coming to our office until you have spoken with one of our receptionists. This way we can schedule an emergency appointment time that works best for you and Dr. Stock. Depending on the severity of your emergency, our receptionists will schedule a time for you to be seen at one of our four locations.
There are some cases in which you may be able to solve the orthodontic issue or problem by yourself at home. Below we've provided you with some steps to take when you experience an orthodontic emergency such as a broken bracket, lost separator, or general orthodontic pain.
If one of your brackets or wires becomes loose, contact our office for further instructions. If you need to cut the wire yourself, use clean nail clippers to do so.
Discomfort caused by wires on your braces can often be resolved by simply moving the wire away using a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire is painful and won't move, you may cut it using clean nail clippers or scissors. You can also use the wax provided by our office to cover any irritating areas. If the problem still persists, contact our office and we will schedule a repair appointment for you.
If you lose a separator at some point during your orthodontic treatment, don't worry and just call our office for further instructions.
Getting used to wearing braces takes time, and many patients feel discomfort during the first week or two after the braces are placed. To cope with soreness and discomfort, take the non-aspirin pain reliever that you prefer for a headache, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
If you have any questions about orthodontic emergencies or how to handle them, please call us at any of our four offices and one of our staff members will be happy to help. If you’d like to schedule an appointment at our Iowa City, Fairfield, Washington, or Williamsburg office, contact us today. We look forward to seeing you soon at Dr. Stock’s orthodontic practice.