Phillips Family Orthodontics

Your Quick Guide

What To Do if You’re Experiencing an Orthodontic Emergency

When something totally unexpected pops up during your treatment, such as a loose bracket or a pesky poking wire it can cause alarm. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Our team is here at every step of your orthodontic journey, even if you need a quick fix to keep you on your way to your new smile. Check out a few of the most common problems and remedies below, and don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions.

Don’t panic! Give us a call, and we’ll schedule a quick appointment to reattach it. In the meantime, you can use a piece of orthodontic wax to keep it from causing any discomfort.

If you’re dealing with a pokey wire, try gently pushing it back into place using a clean pencil eraser or applying orthodontic wax to keep it from irritating your mouth. If the pesky wire continues to cause trouble, reach out to us, and we’ll schedule an appointment to adjust it for you.

During the initial stages of braces treatment, this might occur as your gums adapt to the new appliance. However, if these symptoms persist, it’s typically a sign of an ongoing infection due to inadequate oral hygiene and is your cue to amp up your oral care routine!

Food particles and debris can easily get trapped in your braces and irritate your gums, leading to bleeding and increasing the buildup of bacteria and plaque. Be sure to keep up with brushing and flossing daily to maintain a healthy smile. If the problem continues, give our office a call to schedule an appointment to come see us.

To treat ulcers, you will want to rinse your mouth with warm salt water for soothing relief, and you can also apply orthodontic wax over the braces sharp edges to prevent further irritation. If the ulcers persist or worsen, call our office to schedule an appointment so we can take a look and possibly adjust your braces.

If you’ve lost a rubber band from your braces, give us a call as soon as possible to schedule a time to come in to see us. Your rubber bands play a crucial role in your treatment, so we’ll want to make sure we replace it quickly.


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