Loose Archwire.

Sometimes the wire comes out of the back bracket due to the force you apply on your teeth when you chew. If this happens take a pair of tweezers, grab the archwire, and slide it back into the bracket.In a situation where the wire is extremely bothersome and the patient will not be able to see the orthodontist immediately, as a last resort, the wire may be clipped with an instrument such as fingernail clippers.

Loose Band or Bracket.

If it is still attached to the wire and it is rubbing up against your lips, try putting some wet cotton over it to make it smoother. Please call to let us know that your have a broken band or bracket, so that we can get you into our office as soon as possible. Broken appliances can prolong your treatment.


Poking Wire.

Try to push it down with the eraser end of a pencil or an ear bud..



Sore Teeth.

It’s normal to have discomfort for three to five days after braces or retainers are adjusted.  Although temporary, it can make eating uncomfortable. Sometimes certain wires can cause soreness in both your gums and teeth. Rinse the mouth with warm salt water. Crosin or Combiflam can relieve some of the pressure associated with braces. Also, try eating softer foods like dal, rice, khichhadi, mashed potatoes until your teeth feel better.

Irritation of Lips & Cheeks.

If patient has got habit of sleeping on only one side , than he might develop rash or ulcer on the pressure side. however it should get resolved on its own with time.c


ulcer2If you have an ulcer on your cheeks or gums we recommend using dental gel like Mucopain or Dentogel 2 minutes before food for comfort.These ulcers will generally take 7-10 days to heal. Warm salt water rinses may also aid healing. Call us if a lesion lasts more than 2 weeks.or are bothering you too much.

Ulcer in a patient’s lower lip from a long stretch of unsupported wire. Bumper sleeve has been placed along the wire to prevent further trauma.

Note : If these helpful solutions don’t work or you feel more comfortable having one of our staff members handle your emergency please call on our office numbers.

If you feel you are unable to handle a problem on your own, please call us as soon as possible. Many orthodontic emergencies can be easily handled over the telephone so that you are not inconvenienced.


     Diagram of Braces (Image)

To help you accurately describe an emergency situation to the orthodontist, use the diagram above, which illustrates and names each part of a typical set of braces.

A. Ligature
The archwire is held to each bracket with a ligature, which can be either a tiny elastic or a twisted wire.

B. Archwire
The archwire is tied to all of the brackets and creates force to move teeth into proper alignment.

C. Brackets
Brackets are directly bonded on the teeth, and hold the archwire in place.

D. Metal Band
The band is the cemented ring of metal which wraps around the tooth.

E. Elastic Hooks & Rubber Bands
Elastic hooks are used for the attachment of rubber bands, which help move teeth toward their final position.

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