Easing Discomfort After An Orthodontic Emergency

orthodontic emergencyWhen you suffer from an orthodontic emergency, this could mean discomfort that doesn’t abate after a few hours, or even damaged braces or aligners. Seeking treatment quickly helps prevent worsening complications, and also brings relief to your smile. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist will look at how we treat these issues, and what you can do to help manage discomfort until we can see you!

Common Emergency Situations

What is an emergency scenario? Well, persistent soreness and pain in your mouth that doesn’t pass after a couple of hours could mean something is wrong, and requires treatment. You should also let us know if a wire or bracket is loose, or if a bracket or band falls out completely. Let us know if your headgear isn’t fitting properly, or if an aligner or retainer is cracked or broken. Remember, damage orthodontics not only lead to painful symptoms, but they could also bring a halt to your treatment, and mean optimal results become further and further away.

Remedies Until We See You

If you have soreness, then rinse with warm water and take a pain reliever before visiting us. If a wire is loose, use the eraser end of a pencil to push it down and away from the gums. You can cover it with wax for additional protection. If a bracket or band is loose, wax can help keep it in place until we can see you. If part of your braces falls out completely, place it in a small sealed container and bring it the officer with you. Same with any damaged aligners or retainers, bring them to the office so we can examine them and see if they need repair or replacement.

Protecting Your Smile

Remember, initial pain following an adjustment in your braces or a new set of aligners or appliances is common. However, as your smile adjusts in the coming hours, discomfort in your lips, cheeks, tongue, and gums will pass. To protect your smile, be sure you wear a mouthguard when playing sports, and always take time to properly brush and floss your teeth and around your orthodontics as instructed. Make sure you’re wearing appliances and headgear as we prescribed for the amount of time we recommended, otherwise you could develop discomfort. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.


Don’t let discomfort or damaged braces impact your treatment, talk to our team about solutions as soon as an injury occurs. To learn more about our approach to treating orthodontic emergencies, 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.