Emergency Care

Even though you are careful, you may occasionally damage your appliances. We want our patients to be informed of problems that may occur, and understand how to solve them, at least temporarily, until it is possible to return to our office.

Poking wire

Sometimes a poking wire can be safely turned down so that it no longer causes you discomfort. Try to tuck the wire back in and out of the way with the blunt end of a toothbrush, or some other smooth object. If you are unable to take care of a poking wire, apply wax and call our office for an appointment.

Loose band or bracket

If a band or bracket comes loose from the tooth, call our office for an appointment. While a tight band or bracket actually protects a tooth from decay, a loose band or bracket is extremely dangerous and decay can occur under it very rapidly. If the band or bracket is still attached to a wire, leave it in place and apply wax if there is discomfort. If the band or bracket comes completely out, place it in an envelope and call for an appointment.


Soreness during treatment is to be expected. Warm salt-water rinses and acetaminophen are helpful in relieving soreness.

Accidents involving teeth

Contact our office immediately, or contact your general dentist.

Please remember: If you are involved in contact sports, a regular mouth guard can be fitted over your braces for added protection.

About Dr. Joseph

Dr. Joseph is a progressive and experienced orthodontist who keeps informed on current developments and the newest techniques in Orthodontics.

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