True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but when they do occur we are available to respond. These include broken fixed appliances that prevent your mouth from opening and closing, bleeding or an injury to the mouth that has displaced a bracket, band, appliance or teeth. Your first call if you experience broken or displaced teeth from trauma should be to your general dentist. We will then follow up to schedule an appointment with our office to address the problem.
You may be surprised to know that most minor orthodontic problems like a broken or poking wire or bracket can be resolved at home. Keeping orthodontic wax and a pencil eraser handy will assist in handling these minor problems.
- Poking wire or bracket: Roll a piece of wax into a ball and press it onto the part that is poking you
- Broken wire: Press the wire toward your teeth with a pencil eraser
- Small cut: To help the cut heal, rinse your mouth with a mixture of 1 tsp of salt and 1 cup of warm water
Our staff will check periodically with you regarding any needed supplies to ensure you can temporarily solve these minor issues until an appointment can be scheduled with our office. After alleviating your problem, it is important that you still call our office to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in lengthening your treatment time.