Emergency Info


Emergency Info For Corning, NY & Mansfield, PA Patients


Dr. Melissa Brown Orthodontics is proud to serve patients in and around Corning, New York and Mansfield, Pennsylvania with premier orthodontic care. Dr. Brown and her exceptional team are committed to providing patients with the most effective and efficient orthodontic treatment. We are happy to provide patients with multiple treatment options from traditional braces to Invisalign. Below you can find information about what to do in case there is an emergency during orthodontic treatment. In the case of an orthodontic emergency please call one of our two locations immediately:

  • Corning, New York: (607) 937-5335
  • Mansfield, Pennsylvania: (570) 662-7115

In Case of an Orthodontic Treatment Emergency

There are very few true orthodontic emergencies; however, Dr. Brown and her staff are always here to help you. If you have a broken appliance or experience intense pain, please call us as soon as possible, we always have someone on-call if it is not during normal business hours. Dr. Brown and her staff will do their best to fit you into the schedule for an appointment if they don't ask to see you right away.

Surprisingly, most orthodontic problems can be remedied at home. In the meantime while you anticipate your appointment, these guidelines will help you resolve any minor problems you may encounter. Please know that even if you alleviate the pain caused by your broken appliance, you still need a repair appointment. Broken appliances will hinder your orthodontic treatment and prolong your treatment time.

Sore Teeth

Right after you get your braces, and sometimes after you have an adjustment appointment, your teeth and mouth will likely feel sore. To alleviate the pain, you may:

  • Gargle lukewarm saltwater
  • Take Tylenol or other over-the-counter pain reliever
  • Apply warm wash-cloth to jaws
  • Apply heating pad to reduce soreness

Irritations From Wires

If you are experience discomfort caused by any of your wires, try moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, we suggest covering the end of the wire with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax given to you by your orthodontist.

Loose Brackets or Bands

In the case that a bracket pops off the tooth but is still on the archwire or if the band is loose but still attached to the archwire, put wax on it. If the archwire comes out, make sure to keep the bracket and call our office immediately to schedule an appointment at our Corning, NY or Mansfield, PA office for a repair.

Loose Wire

Initially we suggest that you try placing the wire back in place using tweezers, but only after they have been sterilized in alcohol. If that does not work, try putting wax over the wire where it is poking you. If you have a situation where you must cut the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Cut the wire behind the last bracket in which it is secured.

Loose Appliance

For any loose appliance that is irritating or poking the inside of your mouth we recommend covering it with a piece of wax to avoid exposure until you can come in for an appointment.

Headgear Doesn’t Fit

If your headgear is causing pain, it’s usually a sign that your headgear is not being worn for a long enough period of time. Please adhere to Dr. Brown’s instructions and wear your headgear for the instructed amount of hours each day. If the facebow is bent, we advise you to please call our office for an appointment and do not try to adjust it yourself.

Come Visit Your Friendly Orthodontist Dr. Melissa Brown!

We encourage you to browse the remainder of our website for further information on our orthodontic practice located in both Corning, New York and Mansfield, Pennsylvania. Should you have any further questions about our practice or wish to book an appointment please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting you at your first visit at Dr. Melissa Brown Orthodontics!