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Orthodontic Emergency Care in McMurray & Bethel Park, PA

For current patients, emergency assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you feel a problem has arisen please call Dr. Cartwright’s office.  If it is after hours an emergency number will be left on our voice mail.  Please call the number and someone will return your call as soon as possible to assist you.

Treating Orthodontic Emergencies At Home

Unlike regular dental emergencies such as a tooth ache or a swollen face, many orthodontic emergencies can be handled at home until the office reopens. As long as you are not in great pain you will be amazed that you can tend to your own “emergency”.


A loose bracket that is still affixed to the wire can be secured with wax until we can either replace it or just remove it from the wire until we can fix it. A long wire can be bent away from your tissues with an eraser from a pencil or by using a spoon. This is the only time we will allow you to put a pencil near your braces. A wire that cannot be moved can be clipped with a sharp pair of nail clippers. Just ensure that you rinse them with rubbing alcohol and then rinse them under water before using. You will clip the wire behind the next bracket that is still securely fastened to your teeth. A lost elastic or tie wire can wait until the office reopens or your next appointment. A broken wire will have to be replaced.

General Soreness from Dental Braces

General soreness after having your braces placed is normal and just takes 3-5 days until it goes away.  The first few days you may need to eat softer foods and drink smoothies.  We have a great smoothie recipe on the website.  Soups and pasta are great alternatives too.


When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for several days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with warm water, Peroxyl mouthwash (purchased at the drugstore) or homemade mild salt water rinse. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!

Bethel Park Office

Dr. Gary Cartwright, DMD
4880 Library Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102
(412) 833-6188

McMurray Office

Dr. Gary Cartwright, DMD
2000 Waterdam Plaza Drive, Suite 160
McMurray, PA 15317
(724) 942-5130

Complimentary Exam

Dr. Cartwright offers a complimentary consultation for children under 18 that consists of a panoramic x-ray, photographs, a thorough orthodontic examination and a discussion of potential treatment options.

4880 Library Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102 USA
Gary Cartwright, DMD Bethel Park, PA Orthodontist. (412) 833-6188
2000 Waterdam Plaza Drive, Suite 160, McMurray, PA 15317 USA
Gary Cartwright, DMD McMurray, PA Orthodontist (724) 942-5130