5 Orthodontic Emergency Situations

While our doors are currently closed for many orthodontic treatments, we’re still going to help our patients in need of emergency care. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist looks at five common dental emergencies, explaining how you can take steps to ease discomfort until you can see us for treatment!

Loose Wires

If you have a loose wire in your braces, this could cause discomfort or even an injury to your cheeks and gums. When this happens, use the pencil end of an eraser to gently push the wire down and away from the gums and cheeks. You can also coat them in wax! Be sure to give us a call to let us know, as we could make adjustments to remove or reattach the portion of the wire.

Loose/Lost Bands or Brackets

Your brackets and bands keep the braces attached to your teeth and allow the tension necessary to move them into their new positions and hold them until the jawbone tissue reforms around them, keeping your teeth in their new spots. However, if a band or bracket comes loose or falls out, this impacts your treatment in a negative way. If they’re loose, but still attached to your braces, use wax to keep them in place until we can see you. If they come out completely, wrap them in tissue or put them in a small container and bring them with you.

Cracked Aligners

If your Invisalign® aligners crack or break, this could effectively stall your treatment and eventually, allow your teeth to revert back to former positions. Always let us know, we will be able to tell you if you can simply move on to the next set, or if you need a replacement.

Pain When Wearing Headgear

If your headgear is causing discomfort, let us know. We will make sure they’re being worn correctly and if they are, we will make adjustments to the fit to ensure a more comfortable experience.

General Discomfort

Remember, following adjustments or new orthodontics, initial discomfort is normal and can be alleviated with pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. However, if the pain persists after a few days, let us know, as this could be a sign of an issue that needs attention. If you have any questions about our orthodontic emergencies, then please contact our team today.


Don’t let damaged orthodontics, even if the issue appears minor, go without treatment. To learn more about our approach to emergency care, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Fort Worth, and all surrounding communities.