Most orthodontic problems can be remedied at home. If you have an emergency you can not resolve on your own, call us as soon as possible. We offer emergency services during regular office hours and will work with your schedule the best we can to see you as soon as possible. We understand that broken braces can be painful, here are some explanations on how to handle some common problems.

Handling Common Orthodontic Problems

Protruding or Broken Wire:
If a wire breaks or sticks out, it can hurt your cheeks, tongue, or gums. Do not cut the wire unless instructed how to by one of our assistants. Try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a better position. If that doesn’t work, put a small piece of orthodontic wax over the end of the wire.

If the wire caused a sore, rinse your mouth with warm salt water or an antiseptic rinse to keep the area clean. To reduce discomfort, try an over-the-counter pain reliever. If the pain continues or the sore gets worse, call us to schedule an appointment.

Loose Bracket:
If you chew something hard or sticky, the resin can weaken or break, causing a bracket to come loose and poke into your gums, tongue, or cheek. Put orthodontic wax over the bracket to keep it from poking you and provide some comfort until you can schedule an appointment.

Loose Band or Spacer:
If a band becomes loose or falls off, do not try to put it back on. Call us to schedule an appointment. If a spacer falls out, please call us to see if a return appointment is necessary.