It’s very rare for an orthodontic emergency to occur, in most cases the issue is minor and can be either repaired by you or quickly repaired by our orthodontist.
It’s important to understand that a loose wire or broken bracket isn’t uncommon and isn’t an emergency but you do have to contact us for advice or to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.
There are temporary fixes that you can apply if you’re not able to visit the practice immediately. Here are some common problems and some simple temporary solutions:
If you have a loose bracket, it’s best to leave it in place and apply dental wax to minimise the discomfort.
If you have a loose wire and you feel confident enough, use tweezers to move the wire back into place.
If a wire if pocking in to the side of your mouth or your gums, use the back of a spoon to gently move the back in to place.
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