Fortunately, true orthodontic emergencies are very rare. If you spend a few minutes learning more about your appliances or braces and how to solve small problems, you can perhaps save yourself a trip to the office.
Rubbing Appliance or Retainer
File the part of the appliance that is irritating with a nail file.
Poking Wire or Bracket
Roll a piece of orthodontic wax into a ball and press it onto the part of the bracket or wire that’s poking you.
Press the tip of the wire that’s poking you towards your teeth with a pencil eraser.
Place wax over the rough area of your braces.
When braces come loose it does not affect the progress of your treatment (unless more than three come off or are loose). If the loose braces are not causing you any discomfort, the best thing to do is just have us address it at the next visit. You may let us know ahead of time so we can be prepared to reattach the bracket at the next visit (if necessary).