Emergencies

A True Orthodontic Emergency is something hurting, sticking
or poking
that cannot wait until the next business day

With braces, certain emergencies may arise. It is important for you to know that there are various ways that these situations can be handled.

The best way to avoid problems is to abstain from those things that may cause emergency situations.

a. AVOID the foods on the”DO NOT EAT” list – ice, chewy candies, hard candies, popcorn, nuts, etc.
b. AVOID playing with your appliances – with your fingers, tongue, pencil, or similar objects that may loosen a bracket.
c. AVOID rough play and always wear a mouth guard when playing sports.

When an emergency occurs, call the office as soon as possible to find out if you need to come in before your next appointment.


For many situations, a patient or parent can relieve any discomfort by following instructions given on the phone or by referring to the following list:

Home Solutions to Common Problems

Loose Band or Bracket

If band or bracket is still attached to wire, leave in place. If uncomfortable, place wax on it. If it comes out completely, put bracket or band in ziploc bag and bring to your next appointment. DO NOT CONNECT ELASTICS TO A LOOSE BAND.

Wire Out of Tube

Try to place wire back with tweezers. If that is not possible, clip wire with fingernail clippers behind last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If any discomfort persists, place wax on it.

Poking Tie-Wire

Try to push sticking wire down with an eraser. If not possible, place wax on it.

Poking Archwire

Cover with wax and call for an appointment

***Refer to the back side of your bathroom mirror brushing guide for more problems and solutions.***