Cavalancia Orthodontics

How to handle an orthodontic emergency?

Certain common orthodontic emergencies can be handled at home.

  • A “poky” wire or bracket hook that irritates the lips or mouth can usually be treated by placing orthodontic wax over the area.
  • If a wire is protruding, carefully take a blunt instrument (like a pencil eraser) to gently push the wire under the brackets.
  • If a bracket becomes broken or loose, but is still attached to the wire, leave it in place. If it comes out, save the bracket and call our office to have it fixed.
  • General soreness is common, especially following an appointment. A warm saltwater rinse and or Tylenol can help alleviate this.

If you are ever in doubt, do not hesitate to call our office!