Emergency Care for Your Braces

It's very rare for an emergency to occur, but if you do break something don't wait for your next appointment.

Broken fixtures can alter the pressure on your teeth and result in you needing to wear braces for longer. The broken parts can also hurt the inside of your mouth.

If this occurs, contact North Shore Orthodontics as soon as possible to arrange an appointment.

What to do if the following happens:

Loose Appliance

If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.

Loose Bracket

If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.

Loose Wire

Using a tweezer, try to put your wire back into place. If doing this and using 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 your discomfort continues, place wax on it.

Poking Wire

Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.