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What to Do in Case of Emergency

November 19th, 2015

We never want you to experience pain or discomfort, below you will find information on how to address some of the most common issues associated with orthodontic treatment.

What to Do in Case of Emergency

Call our office as soon as possible (908.756.6006) 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 (908.756.6006) 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 (908.756.6006) for an appointment.

Lost Separators

Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office (908.756.6006) 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 wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.

Some emergency issues require hospital assistance  if you have suffered substantial loss of blood or an allergic reaction please call 911. This information is for orthodontic treatment only.

Frightfully Good Recipes

October 15th, 2015

Halloween is almost here and we’ve got some spooky surprises for you! We know everyone likes to indulge, and we’ve created some orthodontic-friendly recipes that are sure to please ghosts and goblins -- of all ages.

Earlier this month we posted about what treats to avoid to keep your treatment going smoothly. View our blog post about Treating Yourself Right for a quick reminder.

October is National Orthodontic Health Month, so take a bite of these new delicious recipes! Click the image to download and print the recipe.

Frightful Finger Cookies

Pumpkin Cookie Pops

Goblin Goodies

Scary Skull & Ghastly Ghost Cookies

Graveyard Shakes

Halloween Parfait

Mummy Pizza Biscuits

Mounds of Brains Cookies

Goblin's Gooey Apples

Spooky Spider Web Bean Dip

Spider Bites

Jack-O-Lantern Brownie

Dr. Craig L. Menker and his staff are knowledgeable and caring. Incognito Invisible Braces and other clear choices are provided to Warren, South Plainfield, Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, Edison, Piscataway, and all neighboring communities. New patients are always welcome. Schedule your complimentary consultation today!

Thanksgiving Dinner

November 12th, 2014

Everyone has a favorite dish on Thanksgiving. Some people love the turkey; others love the green bean casserole. What does Dr. Menker love? Dr. Menker, he loves the stuffing and cranberry sauce. We recently shared some ideas for variations of stuffing in our newsletter.

We would love to hear what food is your favorite. Please leave a comment telling us your favorite Thanksgiving dish.

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