What Happens When My Braces Break?

orthodontic emergency cabalWhen you have a wire break, or a bracket or band come loose, this is an orthodontic emergency that needs immediate attention! In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist will look at the steps you can take to ease discomfort right away, and the benefits of addressing these situations quickly. We’ll also look at other common emergency scenarios.

Common Dental Emergencies

As we mentioned above, common orthodontic emergencies include a wire, bracket, or band coming loose. A band or bracket could fall out completely, too. Other causes for concern include aligners becoming cracked or broken, headgear fitting poorly, or persistent discomfort in your smile. Damaged retainers need attention too. When these issues occur, we suggest letting us know right away. In the meantime, you can take steps to ease your discomfort and prevent complications and injuries.

Easing Discomfort

If a wire is loose or poking you, use the eraser end of a pencil to push it down and away from your gums and cheek. Then cover it with wax and come see us. If a band or bracket come loose, or a wire is loose, use wax to hold them in place until we can offer solutions. If they fall out completely, place them in a small sealed container and bring them to the office with you. If your headgear causes discomfort, make sure you’re wearing it properly. Remember, you can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort. Give us a call and we will arrange a time to see you as quickly as possible!

Impacts on Your Smile

Issues that change how your braces, aligners, or retainers fit mean interruptions to your treatment, and slowed progress. You could see gains in your smile vanish or come to a stop if you don’t let your orthodontics know. Letting us know means we can repair the issue and your progress continues unabated.

See Us Right Away!

Always give us a call! Initial discomfort is common right after an adjustment or visit, but if discomfort persists the next day we want to know. Remember, correcting your misalignment not only improves overall smile beauty, but also improves the function and health of your smile, protecting you from an array of complications, such as tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and bruxism. If you have any questions, then let us know today.


Our team offers care to address common emergency situations quickly and conveniently, so you continue your treatment without interruption. To learn more about treating serious concerns, 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.