Orthodontic Emergencies – the temporary home fix

Lets talk a little bit about orthodontic emergencies.  Halloween is just around the corner.  Hand in hand with trick or treating is the dreaded orthodontic emergency appointment due to broken brackets and pokey wires.  For a generalized list and description of how to survive Halloween with braces, please read our blog post from October 15, 2015 – Happy Halloween – foods that are safe to eat with braces.

Here at Kruse Orthodontics we typically see several patients daily for orthodontic emergencies the first week after Halloween due to patients forgetting to stay away from hard/chewy candy.  Please, think about what you are eating before you put it in your mouth not after, as you are finding the broken bracket or poky wire.

Just remember, if you have a problem with something, chances are good you can temporarily fix it at home and then call to schedule an appointment to have it repaired at the office.   If you have an emergency, do not come directly to the office. Call first to allow us to schedule an appointment so you will be seen in a timely manner.  Please use the information below to help you troubleshoot the most common problems that arise around Halloween.  You can also visit our website Kruse Orthodontics, under the New Patient tab, for a more complete list of problems and how to resolve them.

POKEY WIRES: Wax may be placed over the wire end or the wire may be clipped using a pair of nail clippers. Remember, dry off the area prior to placing the wax or the wax will not stick. Call the office to schedule an emergency appointment on a normal business dayimages

LOOSE BRACKET: If the bracket (or band) is attached to the wire, please leave it in place or move it over to the next attached bracket and then place wax over both brackets. The wax will stabilize the bracket and provide comfort. Remember; dry off the area prior to placing the wax or the wax will not stick. If the bracket is at the end of the wire and comes off, as long as it is not uncomfortable, leave it and call the office to schedule an appointment. If uncomfortable, please use the suggestion above to trim the wire. Call the office to schedule an emergency appointment on a normal business day.

CEMENTED APPLIANCE COMES LOOSE: Please call the office for an appointment on a normal business day.

Hopefully, now that this information is a readily available you will not have to deal with any orthodontic emergencies this Halloween.  Enjoy trick or treating and scare up some fun.  Check out our Facebook page Kruse Orthodontics to enter our current Halloween contest.  Happy Halloween.