Orthodontic emergencies

While true orthodontic emergencies are rare, when they do occur we’re here for you. Call Bayside Orthodontists if you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you’re unable to resolve by yourself. We can then schedule an appointment to help you.


Loose bracket

If the band or bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it in place and put wax on it if you need to comfort. If you can easily remove the band or bracket, place it in an envelope and save it to bring to your next appointment. Make sure you leave a message so we’ve got adequate appointment time for repair.

Orthodontic emergency

Food caught between your teeth

While this is not technically an orthodontic emergency, it can feel uncomfortable and easily resolved by using dental floss. We suggest you tie a knot in the middle of a length of dental floss to help remove the food. You can also use a toothpick to dislodge food caught between your braces and teeth.

Regular flossing is very important during your orthodontic treatment. We recommend you do it at least once a day.

Orthodontic emergency

Mouth ulcers and soreness

Some of our patients can experience mouth ulcers and soreness. While braces don’t cause these conditions, they may exacerbate it. We understand it feels uncomfortable and suggest you apply a small amount of Bonjela to the ulcerated surface with a cotton bud. Regular saltwater mouthwashes will also alleviate your symptoms. Place a teaspoon of salt into a warm cup of water and gargle for 30 seconds or so a day. Make sure you spit all the salt water out after you’ve gargled.

Orthodontic emergency