Addressing Common Orthodontic Emergencies

fort worth orthodontic emergenciesWhen you or your child experience pain in your smile related to your braces or aligners, or if the braces/aligners should become damaged, then you need to see us right away. These are common examples of orthodontic emergencies, and the sooner your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist can see them, the better.

When an Emergency Happens

When discomfort arises or your orthodontics have become damaged, this could not only lead to painful symptoms, but this could interrupt your treatment progress. You could lose progress, or fail to have your smile properly repositioned in the original time frame. But by contacting us, we can offer repair or replacement to ensure your treatment doesn’t miss a beat. Even if your situation happens outside of normal business hours, be sure to call us. We will get back to with a time to see you and address your concern. Even if the emergency situation seems minor, you should still give us a call to talk about possible treatment.

Easing Discomfort

After you call us, you can take steps to ease discomfort until we can see you. For example, if a stray wire is hurting your cheek or gums, use the eraser end of a pencil to push it down and away from your soft tissues. You can coat it in wax to further protect your smile. If a bracket is loose, then wax can help it stay in place. If a bracket falls out, put it in a container and bring it with you. If you have an aligner irritating part of your smile, see if wax can ease this. If one is damaged, then wax can again help protect the gum and cheeks, and you may need to stop wearing it until you can see us. For all of these concerns, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If you have headgear that continues to hurt, it could be that you’re wearing it improperly or it needs adjustment, so let us know right away!

Starting Treatment

If you want to start orthodontic treatment to correct your uneven smile, then you should give us a call asap. There is still time to begin treatment before the year ends, so you can put your 2022 dental insurance benefits to good use before they’re gone. If you have any questions, then give us a call today.


We’re ready to handle serious complications should they arise, even outside of normal business hours! If you have any questions about our treatment options, or if you would like to schedule an appointment soon, please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.