Treating Your Orthodontic Emergency

When you experience persistent discomfort, or your braces or aligners become damaged, then you have an orthodontic emergency. Seeing your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist allows us to address these concerns before they impact your treatment. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at a few common examples of orthodontic emergencies.

Damaged Braces

When your braces become damaged, this could lead to discomfort and impact your treatment. For example, if a band or bracket is loose, use wax to keep it in place and let us know right away. If they come off completely, wrap them in tissue or put them in a small container and bring them to the office with you. If a wire is loose or causing discomfort, use the pencil end of an erase to gently push the wire down and away from your gums and cheek. You can also cover it with wax to ensure you avoid injury or discomfort.

Broken Aligners

If you’re undergoing treatment with Invisalign® and an aligner is cracked or broken, let us know. We will see if you can simply move on the next in the series, or if we need to create a replacement option for you. The same goes for damaged retainers too, as this could impact your treatment process and mean you must use them for longer periods of time unless we can repair or replace in a timely manner.


Does your headgear fit improperly or cause pain? We will make sure you’re wearing them correctly and if adjustments are necessary, we can make them. If you have pain following a new aligner or adjustment in your braces, let us know. Remember, initial discomfort that lasts for a few hours is common, but pain that persists for a day or two could be a sign of trouble. The sooner we address these concerns, the sooner you can resume treatment and continue on your path to a more even and healthy smile.

Health and Safety Measures

We will also be taking steps to ensure your health and safety when you visit. For example, you won’t be sharing the waiting room to ensure proper social distancing, and our team will clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces in between each visit. We will be wearing masks and gloves, and following other procedures to safeguard the health of both our patients and our team members. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.


We want to help you avoid the complications and discomfort of damaged or ill-fitting braces and headgear. To learn more about addressing common orthodontic emergencies, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.