How to Handle Orthodontic Emergencies

It happens. You’re at school, work, or vacation, and you have a problem with your braces. If its a poking wire, loose bracket, or just something doesn’t feel right, don’t panic. There are a few ways you can temporarily solve the issue, then at your earliest convenience, come visit our office!

Poking Wire:

Sometimes a wire can cause irritation. You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon, cotton swab or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain. If the wire is sticking you and wax does not help, the wire can be cut with a small wire cutter or nail clipper close to the back of the last brace.

Loose Bracket:

If a bracket (aka brace) comes loose from a tooth, it will usually remain connected to the wire and is not cause for an emergency visit. If it flips around the wire and becomes a source of irritation, tweezers can be used to reposition the brace around the wire. Call our office at your earliest convenience, so that we may schedule a separate visit to repair the loose bracket because these types of repairs usually take additional time.

Posted on February 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

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