What Constitutes An Orthodontic Emergency?

When exactly should you see your orthodontist for an emergency visit? A number of different factors could constitute an orthodontic emergency, from damaged braces to persistent pain in your smile. In today’s blog, we’re looking at common situations our patients in Fort Worth, TX, have encountered, and offering tips for addressing them.

Mild and Severe Discomfort

For many patients just receiving their braces, discomfort is common, especially when biting down. The fact is, your mouth will need to adjust to your new orthodontics, so the discomfort will pass. To ease the problem, try rinsing your mouth with warm salt water or taking a pain reliever. If your braces begin to irritate your gums or cheeks, you can place wax over the metal portions to ease discomfort as your mouth becomes used to the braces. You may need to take these steps after periodic adjustments as well. If the pain persists, give us a call!

Damaged Braces

If you injure your face and your braces become damaged, or an aligner or retainer ends up cracked or broken, let us know right away. Addressing the issue not only eases discomfort, but also ensures your treatment continues as planned. If a wire becomes loose, try to push it down using the erase end of pencil. You can also place wax over it, or attempt to bend the wire using a small pair or tweezers. Should you find a bracket or band is loose, but still attached to the wire, put wax on it to hold it in place until you see us. If the band or bracket comes loose completely, then wrap it in a piece of tissue or place it in a small container to bring with you to the office. We can repair the issue! If attempts to bend to move a wire to ease pain don’t work, also let us know right away.

Headgear Issues

If you’ve received headgear and it doesn’t fit well, give our office a call. When we first prescribe them, we always carefully discuss proper use. If worn incorrectly, discomfort could occur. The more you wear your headgear, the more comfortable usage should become. If this isn’t the case, always let us know.

If you have any questions or concerns about orthodontic emergency situations, then please give our team a call. We will discuss possible solutions over the phone, or have you come in for a brief consultation. We want to make sure the process of obtaining an even, healthy smile is a comfortable one too.


We’re here for you throughout the treatment process, to address your concerns and answer your questions. To schedule your consultation and learn more about orthodontic emergency care, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Rome, Haslet, Azle, and all surrounding communities.