Orthodontic Emergencies

 

Here are a few of the most common orthodontic complications:

 

Loose Brackets and Broken Wires

Occasionally, orthodontic appliances can break.  This is not an emergency but we want you to call us at (919) 489-1543 and alert us as soon as possible. We can help you with the problem and schedule an appointment to have the appliance repaired.

In general, if you can easily remove the broken appliance, do so (please remember to bring it to your appointment).  If you cannot remove the broken piece, cover the protruding portion with your orthodontic wax. (Chewing gum works, too, if you can’t find your wax.) If the wire is lodged in the gums, cheek, or tongue, call us immediately and we will help you remove it.

Please review the videos below for additional help and information.

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Parts of Braces   1. Identifying Parts of Braces

 

 

Loose Brackets & Poking Wires  2. Dealing with Poking Wires

 

 

n3. Using Wax For DiscomfortUsing Wax

 

 

Loose Brackets   4. The Problem with Broken Brackets

 

 

Foods to Avoid   5. Foods to Avoid 

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For other videos on how to take care of your braces, please click here.