Actual orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they occur we are available to help. Oftentimes patients can temporarily solve many orthodontic issues themselves until they can get to our office. After alleviating any discomfort, it is still important to call our office to see if we need to schedule a time to repair the issue or if we can add additional time to your next already-scheduled visit to fix it.
Loose/Broken Brackets or Bands
Call our office for advice if a bracket or band is loose/broken. We will let you know if the bracket/band can be reattached at your next scheduled visit or if you should come in sooner than that. If the bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it if needed for comfort. If the bracket or band is bothering you and can be removed easily, place it in an envelope and save it to bring to your next appointment.
If your wire comes out of your brace you can use a pair of tweezers or needle-nosed pliers to try to put your wire back into place. 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 pencil eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small amount of wax. If the wire is still painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol.