Orthodontic Emergencies

What To Do In An Emergency

Surprisingly, most orthodontic emergency situation can be handled at home until your next scheduled appointment. However, if you are experiencing severe pain or bleeding, we are certainly here for you.

 If your scheduled appointment is too far out, we will do our best to see you promptly. We ask that you bring in all loose or broken pieces to your next appointment. Also, please call us before your next appointment and let us know what has come loose or is broken. This helps us ensure that you get adequate time during your appointment and leave with little or no remaining discomfort.

Poking Wire

If you have a wire poking your cheek, gum, or tongue try taking a pencil eraser and pushing the wire into a position that no longer irritates the mouth. You may also use wax to relieve irritation.

Loose Wire

A loose wire may shift back and forth causing discomfort. Try using tweezers to get the wire back in to place or use wax to help it stay in the correct position. If neither works, your may as a last resort, clip the wire the a pair of small fingernail clippers.

Broken Bracket

Sometimes brackets come off of the tooth but are still attached to the wire. If this happens, try using wax on the back of the bracket to hold it in place until your next appointment. If the bracket comes off both the tooth and the wire, bring it with you to your next appointment.

Loose Appliance

If your appliance is loose but still attached, do your best to not pull it out any farther. If the loose or broken piece is poking or causing discomfort, use wax to try to alleviate the discomfort. If your appliance comes completely out, bring it in with you to your next appointment.