Orthodontic emergencies

Orthodontic emergencies

There are very few true orthodontic emergencies. Most problems can be remedied at home. If you have a situation that you cannot resolve on your own, call us as soon as possible so we can fit you in for a repair appointment. In the meantime, this can assist in resolving many problems you may encounter during your orthodontic treatment. Please see attached picture with parts labelled. ​ 


Sore teeth

If your teeth are sore after your visit you may take Paracetamol and Nurofen or other non - aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. Please follow instructions on packet. A warm wash cloth, heating pad or warm salt water rinses may reduce soreness in your jaws. A soft diet with nothing that requires chewing like rice and pasta or soup is also ideal. 

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 Panadol or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws. 

Loose brackets or bands

If the main wire or a bracket comes loose, first call our office to see if the bracket needs to be re-fitted immediately, or if it can wait until your next scheduled appointment. Sometimes when braces are first fitted, brackets may come off as the glue may not take. Please do not become alarmed. If you have a situation where you must cut the wire or slide a bracket off the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilised in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day to schedule a repair appointment. 

Wire irritations

If the wire on your braces causes irritation, try moving the wire from the irritated area with a cotton swab. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton wool or a small amount of wax. If the wire is still painful, you can cut it with nail clippers that have been washed and sterilised in alcohol. A warm salty mouthwash can also assist. 

Lost separators

If a separator comes out, call our office to see if it needs to be replaced. Some patients may lose a separator during treatment, which is common. 

For more information about what to do in an orthodontic emergency, contact the friendly team at Peel Orthodontics today. Our office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. If none of the above information assists and it is outside these hours, please private message through Facebook and someone will be in contact. Alternatively, call your local dentist, emergency department at your local hospital, or Perth Children’s Hospital if emergency relates to a child.

CharlotteTreated with Invisalign for 18 months

Our Team

Tracey Treatment Co-ordinator

I moved to Mandurah from the UK in 2008 with my husband and two children. After 15 years experience in office management, I decided it was time for a change and retrained with Dental Nursing Australia to become a qualified Dental Assistant in 2010.

Since then, I have gained valuable knowledge and experience in general dentistry in both Private Practices and the Public Dental Health Services. I joined Peel Orthodontics in May 2012 and enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere of the team.

I am a Treatment Co-ordinator for Dr Ash and enjoy meeting our fabulous patients and their families when they come to us for their initial consultation. I also work chairside, assisting with all orthodontic procedures.

Working with Dr Ash and seeing the positive results that our patients achieve through their orthodontic treatment encouraged me to have braces myself to improve my own smile. This has given me a greater understanding and appreciation of the process and the experience a patient goes through to reap the lifelong benefits of orthodontic treatment.

Tracey Treatment Co-ordinator

I have worked in the Orthodontics part of dentistry for over 12 years, and following a seachange to Mandurah 9 months ago, I began working at Peel Orthodontics.

In my free time, I love to enjoy our beautiful beaches, and estuary with my family and two dogs.

Making the most of a longtime love of the Peel region, we also enjoy boating, and entertaining, and I am currently renovating our home by the beach.

Peel Orthodontics Suite 3/5 Murdoch Dr
WA, 6210