Emergency Info

Orthodontic Specialists
of Dallas

Joe D. Jacobs, D.M.D., M.S.D.
Monte K. Collins, D.D.S., M.S.D.

7859 Walnut Hill Lane
Suite 275
Dallas, TX 75230
Maps & Directions

Phone: 214-361-4528
Fax:     214-361-4560

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211 W 10th St,
Dallas, TX 75208
Neighborhood: Oak Cliff
Maps & Directions

Phone: 214-946-3663

Office Hours

Mon. - Wed. : 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday : 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

The office of doctors Joe Jacobs and Monte Collins is located in Dallas, Texas and offers emergency care to patients in and around the surrounding areas of Grand Prairie, Garland and Irving. Severe orthodontic emergencies are rare as most orthodontic problems can be solved at home. If for any reason you feel uneasy or uncomfortable trying to resolve the orthodontic emergency yourself please call our office for proper guidance. Read below for solutions to common problems.

What to Do in Case of Emergency

Call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.

Loose Brackets or Bands

Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.

Wire Irritations

Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.

Lost Separators

Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm washcloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.

Thanks for taking time to read about how to solve some common orthodontic problems. Contact Orthodontic Specialists of Dallas for more information.