Parker and Moore Orthodontics

1320 Ferris Ave
Waxahachie, TX 75165
(972) 937-0424
225 George Hopper
Midlothian TX 76065
(972) 937-0424
113 S. Waco Street
Hillsboro, TX 76645
(254) 582-8186
Stan Parker DDS, MSD Cody Moore DDS, MS

Emergency Care

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur, we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can't take care of yourself. We'll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem. We hold time in our schedule each day at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. specifically for broken appliance appointments.

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you are able to schedule an appointment with our office. When working with your appliances, you need to know the names of the parts of your appliances so you can identify what part is broken or out of place. After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions to your treatment plan.

  • General Soreness


    When you get your braces on or have an adjustment visit, you may feel general soreness in your mouth, and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. If the tenderness is severe, take whatever medication you would normally take for headache or similar pain.

    The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We'll show you how!
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  • Loose Appliance


    If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.
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  • Loose Bracket


    If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue and bring it with you to your appointment.
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  • Loose Wire


    Using tweezers, try to put your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax doesn't help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on the appliance that is hurting you.
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  • Poking Wire


    Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.
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