Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic Treatment Problems and Solutions

Certain problems may occur during your orthodontic treatment. The following list can help instruct you on how to solve the problems, temporarily, by yourself until you're able to come and see us. If you feel that you're unable to solve a problem on your own, call Ault & Ault Orthodontics immediately.

Loose band or bracket
If a band or bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it in place. If it's uncomfortable, you can place wax on it. If it comes out completely, place the band or bracket in a baggie and bring it with you when you come to see us.

Loose wire
Try to place the wire back in place with tweezers. If that's not possible, clip the wire with fingernail clippers behind the last tooth to which it's securely fastened. If you have any discomfort, place wax on it.

Poking wire
Try to push poking wire down with a spoon or eraser and place wax on it.

Lost wire tie or elastic tie
Please notify us.

Use warm salt water rinses or take Advil, Motrin or Tylenol.

Loose Appliance
If an appliance is sticking or poking, you can place wax on it.

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we're available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can't take care of yourself. We'll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with our office. When working with your appliances, you need to know the names of the parts of your appliances so you're able to identify what part is broken or out of place. 

After alleviating your discomfort, it's very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions in your treatment plan.
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