after hours care

From our family to yours

“My experience with Diane & her team was wonderful! Everyone was friendly, professional, and kind. All my needs were met and I am so happy I did it!” ~ Elizabeth C.

“Amherst Orthodontics is the only place I’ll recommend to my friends. The friendly & caring staff make every visit pleasurable.” ~ Amy C.

“My family has had a wonderful first time experience at Amherst Orthodontics. Everyone there was always friendly and super helpful.” ~ Jennifer R.

“A positive experience start to finish! Always pleasant, always on time and it has been fun getting to know the staff.” ~ Patricia H.

“Everyone is so nice here and my teeth look amazing. I really like that they got to know me as a person instead of just another patient.” ~ Cynthia M.

After Hours Care

Fortunately, there aren't many urgent orthodontic problems.  But, after hours help is necessary if you need it!  Call the office at 672-0844 for more direction on how to get this complimentary help.   Your time is valuable, so we will do our very best to help you over the phone first. However, if you are more comfortable having an in office evaluation, we’ll schedule an appointment.

Always exercise care and follow our instructions (especially wearing mouthguards!) to protect your braces and teeth.


I just got braces...

It is normal to feel general soreness when your braces go on, and teeth may be tender for 3 to 5 days. Stick to a soft diet until your teeth feel more comfortable. Cold foods and drinks can also help reduce the discomfort.  Taking an alternating schedule of Advil (Ibuprofen) and Tylenol (Acetaminophen) for the first few days can also help quite a bit.  Let us know if you need help with this.

Irritated gums and other sore spots can be relieved by using with a warm salt-water rinse. Simply dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water.  Remember, good hygiene also speeds healing since plaque has bacteria!

As your lips, cheeks and tongue become accustomed to the surface of the braces, you can use a pea-sized amount of wax on the brace or wire to help.  If you need more wax, simply ask.  Alternatively, you can also use Orabase on the affected tissue to help relieve discomfort.  (Orabase can be found in pharmacies and grocery stores.)


Loose brace/bracket

Please call during business hours so we can determine the urgency for a repair visit.   In the interim, try using wax to stabilize the brace.  

Poking wire

If it is the thin metal wire tying down a brace, use a pencil eraser and gently tuck the poking wire down.  If it is the base wire poking in the back, try using a peas sized amount of wax.  Any soft tissue irritations can be treated with a warm salt water rinse (1/4 teaspoon of salt dissolved in 8 ounces of warm water), rinsing 3-4 times a day.  If the remedies are not helpful, call the office for further assistance.  


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