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Emergency Care

At Braces by Bob, we understand that common orthodontic emergencies resulting from sports or other activities may involve broken braces, broken or missing teeth, and misalignment.

If you’re not sure how to handle an orthodontic emergency, don’t hesitate to give us a call at our McMinnville, TN office at (931) 473-6200 or our Murfreesboro, TN location at (615) 893-1629. We’ll let you know if you should come in immediately or if it can wait.

How to Fix Broken Braces

Below are some issues you may incur while you are wearing your braces and common solutions to help you until you can come in for an emergency orthodontic appointment.

You lost a spacer or separator.

If you lose a rubber spacer or separator, call our office and make an appointment to come in so we can replace it. If it happens within a day or two of your appointment to put on braces or bands, you do not need to do anything.

One of your wires is bent, loose, broken, or poking you.

Call our office to schedule a visit so we can repair it. In the meantime, if an archwire has pulled out of the back bracket, try to put it back through the tube using a pair of tweezers and then place a piece of wax over the tube.

If a wire is broken elsewhere or poking you in the cheek, gums, or tongue, use the eraser end of a pencil to push it away from the area. If it is still bothersome, cover the end of the wire with a piece of wax until you come in for your emergency appointment. If that still doesn’t help, you can cut the wire with fingernail clippers or a small wire cutter. 

A bracket or band is loose or broken.

Call our office for an appointment to repair it. Loose brackets typically remain connected to the main wire. If it flips around the wire and causes irritation, use tweezers to flip it back around or reposition it so it doesn’t bother you anymore, or put a small amount of wax on it. If a bracket or band breaks, save it (if possible) and bring it in with you.

You swallowed part of your braces.

If part of your braces broke off and you swallowed the piece, it will usually pass through the body naturally. However, if you have any difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately. X-rays can determine the location of the swallowed piece.

Your retainer broke.

Do not wear your retainer if it is cracked or broken. Call our office to let us know, and bring all the pieces with you to your appointment so we can repair it.

Your teeth or gums are sore.

If your teeth or gums are sore after an appointment, take ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). A warm salt water rinse may also help soothe tender teeth and gums.

If you have a canker sore or other irritation inside your mouth, we recommend applying an over-the-counter product like Zilactin or Orabase as directed.

If food gets stuck between your teeth, floss or use a proxy brush to dislodge the food.

If your teeth suddenly become sore between visits, call our office. It is unusual for teeth to get sore two or more weeks after your last office visit.

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