True orthodontic emergencies are rare
Most orthodontic issues that arise can be managed either at home or at the patient’s next appointment. Dr. Remington and her team are always available to answer questions and address concerns outside of office hours if required. If an issue arises that causes the patient significant pain, we will see you as soon as possible.
Loose Brackets and Wires
The brackets and wires that make up your braces may occasionally loosen or break. Typically we see this in cases when foods that are hard or sticky have been eaten, or sports related injuries have occurred. If this happens, the first thing to remember is, don’t panic! Broken brackets and wires happen from time to time. We understand this and are prepared to address it. In most instances, the repair can be managed at your next regularly scheduled appointment.
Since you may be uncomfortable, we recommend that you cover the loose bracket or wire with the soft nontoxic wax that we provide you. Remember that the area should be dried off as much as possible before the wax is applied. It may come off in time, so keep the wax handy to be reapplied as needed. This should do the trick until we see you at your next appointment when the repair will be done.
Once you are comfortable, please contact us so that we can make the necessary changes to your next planned appointment. Damaged appliances can increase the length of time that your treatment requires, so be sure to take care of all your appliances, limit breakage, and notify us of any needed repairs.
As stated above, if a more serious injury has occurred, don’t hesitate to contact us right away. We will get you in ASAP to make you comfortable.