Emergency Care

What Is An Emergency?

A broken bracket, broken wire, pokey wire or loose band constitutes a dental/orthodontic emergency. Loose brackets and poking wires can be irritating and frustrating, but as long as you come in during the next few days to have them fixed at Georgetown Orthodontics, you or your child is not at risk for any adverse impacts on your treatment.

It is also important to note that taking proper care of your appliance and wearing a mouthguard during sports and physical activities is the best possible way to prevent minor (or major) orthodontic emergencies, when combined with an effective oral hygiene routine.

Loose Appliance

If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the part that is bothering you, until you are able to contact us for an appointment to have it examined and repaired.

Loose Band

If a band is loose, push it back onto the tooth and eat soft food until it is repaired. Please call our office so we can determine whether to schedule you for a repair appointment or lengthen your next scheduled appointment to accommodate the repair.

Loose Bracket

If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue. Then you should immediately contact us for an appointment to have it examined and repaired.

Loose Wire

You can use tweezers to try to put your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax doesn’t help, clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. You may use gauze, cotton, tweezers or a tissue to hold the free end of the wire for easy removal after clipping. If you cannot clip the end of the wire, use a pencil eraser to bend it toward the teeth/away from the cheek and place wax or cotton over the free end of the wire. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.  Then contact us for an appointment to have it examined and repaired.

Poking Wire

You can use a pencil eraser to push the poking wire down, or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort. If the discomfort continues or the poking wire is severe, please contact us for an appointment to have it examined and repaired.

Retainer Not Fitting Properly

If your retainer or removable appliance is not fitting correctly, do not attempt to force it into place. Please call us to schedule an appointment to address this problem. Good retainer wear will ensure straight teeth and well fitting retainers.

Call us at our Washington D.C. office as soon as possible so we can evaluate the urgency of the problem and schedule you to be seen accordingly.