When orthodontic emergencies happen, your dental health shouldn’t have to wait. If you experience an emergency, contact our office immediately. We will make every effort to see you the same day.

If it is after office hours, contact us at (757) 204-7770. A member of our staff will contact you soon.

Common Orthodontic Emergencies

Review the solutions to some common orthodontic emergencies below. Remember that even if you’re no longer uncomfortable, contact us as soon as possible to help you fix the problem. If your braces stay damaged, it may lengthen your treatment time.

Do you have a sore mouth?

Try a warm salt-water mouthwash. Pour a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and rinse. If your gums are still sore, you can try Acetaminophen (Tylenol). Try to avoid Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and Naproxen Sodium (Naprosyn, Anaprox), as they can slow tooth movement.

Is your appliance loose?

If a piece of your appliance is sticking out at you, place wax on the protruding piece. If something is loose, call the office right away so we may correct the problem. Do not wait until your following visit to see us—it will delay your orthodontic treatment.

Do you have a loose bracket?

Place wax over the loose bracket to help alleviate any discomfort. If you can easily remove the bracket or band, save it somewhere safe and bring it with you to your next appointment.

Is the wire loose?

Find a pair of tweezers or pliers. Then, use them to put your wire back in place. You can use floss to tie the wire securely. Still can’t get the wire into a comfortable spot? You can try to cut the wire behind the tooth it’s fastened to using fingernail clippers. If you’re still finding that the end of the wire is still sharp, put a piece of wax over it.