Emergencies

There are actually very few orthodontic emergencies.  You may be able to solve many problems temporarily by yourself until you schedule a repair appointment with our office.

LOOSE BRACKET OR BAND

If a band or bracket is loose, leave it in place. If it is uncomfortable, place wax on it. If the band or bracket comes off completely, bring it to your repair appointment. Do not connect rubber bands to a loose band or bracket.

STICKING ARCHWIRE

If an archwire is out of the tube, try to place it back in the tube with tweezers. If that is not possible, clip the wire with fingernail clippers behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If any discomfort remains, place wax on the area until your repair appointment.

If an archwire has rotated around to the other side, try to slide the archwire back with tweezers or small needle-nose pliers. If you are unsuccessful, cover with wax until your repair appointment.

POKING TIE WIRE

If a tie wire is sticking your cheek, try to bend the wire back with a spoon or pencil eraser. If that is unsuccessful, cover with wax until your repair appointment.

LOST COLOR OR TIE

A lost color or metal tie can be replaced at the next appointment. If the tooth begins to move or a rubber band is hooked to the tooth, call to make a repair appointment.

LOOSE EXPANDER OR HERBST

If your expander becomes loose, stop turning and call the office. If the appliance is completely out, bring the appliance to your repair appointment.

If your Herbst or Forsus appliance is loose or becomes disengaged, call the office to schedule a repair appointment.

LOST SEPARATOR

If you lose a separator the day before your appointment, you will not need to call us.  If you have a few days until you next appointment, please call the office and we will evaluate whether it needs to be replaced immediately.

If any other problem arises or you just are not certain what to do or how to correct the problem, please call the office. It is always better to call if in doubt. After hour emergencies will be directed to call Dr. Gardner or the assistant on call.