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Orthodontic Emergencies

There are a variety of orthodontic problems you may experience in between appointments, like loose brackets and poking wires. These problems are very common; so if one of these issues happens to you, don’t panic! Here is some instruction on what to do in case of an emergency.

Loose Bracket

If the bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it in place. If it’s bothersome, cover it with orthodontic wax. If it comes out completely, bring the bracket in with you at your next appointment. Do not connect rubber bands or extra oral appliances to a loose bracket.

Lost Tie

If a lost tie is bothering you, cover it with orthodontic wax. Please contact the office to ask if an appointment is necessary.

Wire Out

First, try to reinsert the wire back in its tube with CLEAN tweezers or nail clippers. If it becomes irritating, cover the wire with orthodontic wax and call for an appointment.

Long Wire

Try to clip the wire with CLEAN nail clippers or wire cutters. At your next appointment, don’t forget to advise the assistant. If clipping the wire is unsuccessful, cover it with orthodontic wax and call for an appointment.

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