It’s the worst case scenario. You’re on vacation for spring break or just a getaway, and something goes wrong with your braces. A bracket falls out, wires pop out, or something breaks.
Don’t panic! There are ways to get you through the rest of your trip before you can come visit us.
Bring an emergency kit with you when you travel so you’re prepared. The kit should include orthodontic wax, nail clippers or small pair of wire cutters, tweezers, a pencil with an eraser, and our phone number if you need guidance.
Put wax over any pieces of your braces that are irritating your mouth.
If a wire becomes loose, Use a pencil eraser or something soft to push the wire flat against your teeth.
If the main wire breaks, you can clip the wire with a pair of nail clippers, flush to the next anchored bracket – just remember to disinfect the clippers or wire cutters first with rubbing alcohol, if handy, or use the flame on a lighter to kill the germs.
If you experience a true emergency where you are so uncomfortable you can’t wait till you get back, find a local orthodontist to get it taken care of.