Orthodontic Emergencies

Help with your appliance, when you need it

Advice from our Orthodontists

Even though you try to be careful, occasionally your braces may become damaged. We want you to know what problems may occur and how to solve them, at least temporarily, until an appointment can be arranged.

Protruding wire

Sometimes a protruding wire can be safely turned down so that it no longer causes you discomfort. Try to tuck the wire back in and out of the way with the blunt end of a toothbrush, or some other smooth object. If you are unable to take care of a poking wire, apply wax or cotton wool and call our office to arrange an appointment.

Loose bands or brackets

If a band or bracket comes loose from the tooth, please call our office to arrange an appointment. Loose bands or brackets can delay treatment and may increase the risk of tooth decay. If the band or bracket is still attached to a wire, leave it in place and apply some wax to it if there is any discomfort. If the band or bracket comes out, place it in an envelope or small plastic bag and call us to arrange an appointment.

Soreness, accidents or trauma

Soreness during treatment is to be expected. Warm salt-water rinses, Panadol or Nurofen may be helpful in relieving discomfort. If you experience an accident or trauma involving your teeth don’t delay. Contact our office or your general dentist immediately. Please remember, if you play any type of contact sport, a mouth guard should be worn over your braces for added protection.

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