Orthodontic emergencies can usually be avoided with proper care and following our no food list. However, we understand that our patients are only human and occasionally “stuff happens”. Thankfully, most orthodontic emergencies are very minor in nature and can be easily taken care of so you can continue your day.

Below we have some illustrations to walk you through what to do in each of those scenarios, but we are here for you so if you feel uncomfortable with trying to fix it yourself, please don’t hesitate to call our office!

HEADGEAR

Some of our patients may need to wear headgear. Although its looks can be daunting, it will only take a short time to get used to it once you start a routine. If you find for some reason the headgear got bent, please stop wearing the headgear in the meantime, and call our office as soon as possible so we can help you with it. Some patients who sleep on their belly find the external bows may irritate the cheeks due to the position of their head. You can put a soft face towel between your cheeks and the bow, and you will immediately feel better. If you head gets into a really weird angle (for those flexible necks out there) while you sleep, you can still sleep easy knowing all our headgear strap has safety release that will detach if subjected to great forces so you will never be in any danger.

LOOSE APPLIANCE

If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part or give us a call for further instruction.

LOOSE BRACKET

If you find a bracket or band is loose, just put wax on it for comfort, give us a call so we can be prepared to fix it at your next appointment. If it comes off the wire, keep it in a ziplock bag or envelope, bring it in at your next appointment and we will fix it for you. Either way, if you are ever in doubt, give us a call!

LOOSE WIRE

Using a pair of tweezers or needle-nosed pliers, try to put your wire back into place. It is okay to use a piece of floss to tie the wire into place: tie the floss around the bracket in place of the missing colored elastics. If you cannot put the wire into a comfortable position, and covering the end with wax doesn’t help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If the end of the wire is still sharp place wax on it and give us a call so it can be repaired.

POKING WIRE

Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it so that it is no longer poking.