My Braces Broke! What Should I Do?

fort worth orthodontic emergencyIf you have portions of your braces that become broken or loose, this is known as an orthodontic emergency. So, what do you do? In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist will talk about ways to respond to these incidences and protect your smile from further injury. You can then contact our office, and we will schedule a time to see you quickly!

Broken or Loose Braces

When you have damaged braces, let us know right away. After all, this could interrupt your treatment process and lengthen the amount of time you have until you obtain optimal results. In addition, loose wires could lead to discomfort! If a wire is loose, then use the eraser end of a pencil to gently push the wire down and away from your cheeks and gums. We suggest coating the wire in wax too. If a bracket or band is loose, then use wax to keep them attached to the teeth until we can re-attach them. If one falls out completely, then place it in a small container and bring it to the office with you!

Damaged Aligners

A cracked or broken aligner also alters your treatment path, so you should let us know right away! We will examine your smile to see if you can simply move on to the next in the series, or if we need to re-create the one that has been damaged. Don’t let a minor inconvenience stand between you and a straighter smile, always let us know!

Poor-Fitting Headgear

If you have headgear that isn’t comfortable or continues to cause discomfort in the days following an office visit, let us know. We will first make sure the device is being worn properly, and if so, then we can make adjustments to ensure a more comfortable fit and better treatment experience.


Following an adjustment or when you start wearing anew set of aligners, you could experience an initial discomfort for the first few hours. However, if the discomfort continues to persist after a day or two, let us know. Prolonged discomfort could be a sign of trouble, and we want to make sure you enjoy your treatment experience. If you have any questions about addressing damaged or painful orthodontics, or if you have any questions about our treatment options for kids, teens, and adults, then contact our team today. Let’s enjoy a straighter smile in 2021!

Ready to Emergency Treatment?

We want to make sure you know how to respond to emergency scenarios, and that we have treatment available when you need it. To learn more about treatment emergency situations, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Haslet, Azle, and all surrounding communities.