Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic emergencies are rare. But, knowing what constitutes an emergency, and how to proceed in one, can help get it resolved with a minimum of pain and stress.

Orthodontic Emergencies, myOrthodontist Coquitlam

You should make an emergency appointment if you have:

  • severe pain
  • a loose band
  • a broken wire
  • something sticking out that you can't fix yourself

It can really help to familiarize yourself with the names of the parts of your appliances. That way, if you have an emergency, you'll be able to identify the part that is damaged or out of place when you phone the office.


It's normal to feel a small amount of discomfort when you first get braces, and after adjustment appointments.

If you're experiencing this type of typical, mild soreness, try using a salt water rinse. Dissolve a teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously with the solution.

Otherwise, you can take Tylonol, Advil, or another over-the-counter painkiller, as you would for a headache.

If you are still feeling a significant amount of pain after trying these options, call our office straight away. There may be some damage to, or problem with, your orthodontic appliances.

Wires & Bands

Wires and bands do occasionally come loose on their own, so don't be alarmed if this happens.

If the wire protrudes and is irritating, use a small, blunt instrument (for instance, the back of spoon or a pencil eraser) to gently and carefully push the wire under the archwire. Just get it out of the way.

If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, apply wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance.

Contact our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If a piece comes off, save it and bring it along to the your appointment.

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