Orthodontic Emergencies

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Orthodontic Emergencies 

If there is obvious damage to the wires, bands, or brackets of your braces or to your orthodontic appliance, it is important that you make an appointment to see Dr. Day as soon as possible.

Some common orthodontic emergencies include:

Loose Brackets

Brackets are the small metal appliances that have been attached to the teeth using dental adhesive (resin).  If both the bracket and the archwire are moving, it is likely the bracket has become detached from your tooth and must be reattached.

If the bracket has fallen and rotated around the archwire, place it in its proper position and try to use orthodontic wax as a temporary adhesive until Dr. Day can reattach the bracket.  Do not attempt to glue the bracket to your teeth.

Loose Bands

Bands are the metal rings which have been cemented around teeth.  If a loose band is left untreated, decalcification (a white spot) or tooth decay can occur.  Dr. Day will reaffix the band to the tooth or replace it if it has come off the tooth entirely.  If an orthodontic band has fallen out of the mouth, save the band and do not attempt to affix it yourself.

Broken or Bothersome Wires

When the archwire is broken, there is a possibility it will cause soreness or irritation to the inner cheek.  In this case, use tweezers or a pencil eraser to bend the wire into a less irritating position.  If the broken archwire cannot be bent out of the way, place a pea-sized piece of orthodontic relief wax over the protruding end to protect the tissue in your mouth.


These measures are only temporary solutions.  It is very important to contact our office to schedule an appointment to repair the damage to your braces or orthodontic appliance.  If the problem is not addressed in a timely manner, your orthodontic treatment may be prolonged. 

If a band, bracket or piece of wire has been swallowed, please contact our office for instructions.  Fortunately, these orthodontic appliances are so small they can pass through the body without incident, but it is always preferable to seek advice.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office at 517-393-8500.

Day Family Dental

Dr. Nathan Day, DMD • Dentist • Lansing, MI


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