Orthodontic Emergencies – Problems and Solutions
Problems may occur during orthodontic treatment. We’re always here to help but occasionally, you may be able to solve them, temporarily, by until your regular scheduled appointment.
Loose band or bracket
Lost tiewire or elastic tie
Headgear does not fit
If band or bracket is still attached to wire, leave it in place. If uncomfortable, place wax on it. If it comes out completely, just throw the brace or bracket away.
Try to place wire back in place with tweezers. If that is not possible, clip wire with fingernail clippers behind last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If any discomfort, place wax on it.
Try to push sticking wire down with a spoon or eraser. If not possible, place wax on it.
Notify us at next appointment.
Use warm salt water rinse and/or Tylenol.
Sometimes caused by not wearing as prescribed.
If appliance is sticking or poking, place wax on it.
- Pizza Crust
- Hard Rolls
- Raw carrots
- Doritos and hard taco shells
- Beef Jerky and Slim Jims
- Suckers and Hard Candy
- Ribs and other meats on the bone
- Carmel candy, Jelly Beans, anything sticky and ALL GUMS
- Corn on the cob and apples should be cut before eating
- No chewing on Pens and Pencils
Not all foods that can cause damage are on the list so you must be good judgment for hard or sticky foods. Any of these things may loosen braces or bend wires, but you may not discover the problem until hours or days later. Loose bands, broken wires, and detached brackets cause a longer treatment time. Please call our office for any problems or breakages