Orthodontic treatment emergencies

Sometimes things can go wrong with your braces and you will need to see us between scheduled visits. If you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency such as oral trauma or unusual pain, please contact us immediately.

We can schedule an emergency appointment for you if needed, and give you advice over the phone so you can alleviate your symptoms in the meantime.

Know your braces

To be able to communicate your issues more easily, it’s useful to be familiar with the different parts of your braces. Your braces consist of:

Brackets: These are the small pieces of metal or ceramic that are attached to the front surface of your teeth. Brackets can occasionally become loose, for example, if you eat something hard or chewy.

If you bracket breaks loose, you will need to schedule an appointment with us for reattachment.


Archwire: This is the wire that runs through each of the brackets and is responsible for moving your teeth into position. Sometimes this may break, although this is very rare. If it does, contact us immediately to arrange an emergency appointment.

While you are waiting to see us, you can place some wax (which we will give you when you are fitted with your braces) over the wire ends to ensure it doesn’t scratch your lips or cheeks.

Elastics: These are the rubber bands hooked between your brackets towards the back of your mouth. Sometimes these may snap or come off and you may swallow them. Don’t worry – they’re not harmful. You will be given a plentiful supply of rubber bands, and you can replace them yourself.


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