What to do in case of an emergency


If you have a loose bracket or a sharp wire, please call the office at (626) 449-5826 to schedule an emergency appointment. If it is after office hours and you cannot resolve the issue, you may call Dr. Chan at (626) 864-5827.

However, most orthodontic emergencies can actually be treated at home with some common household items. Here are some of the issues and how you can fix them until you see us.

Poking wire

Sometimes the wire comes loose and can poke into your cheek or gum. You can try to move the wire away from the affected area with a soft tool like a pencil eraser or cotton swab and cover the end with some wax. If the wire still irritates you, you can use a fingernail clipper or scissors sterilized with alcohol to clip the protruding wire behind the last bracket. If this happens, call the office to schedule a follow-up appointment.

Loose bracket or band

A loose bracket can generally be left in place until you can come in to our office for a repair appointment. If the bracket falls off, save it if possible. If the loose bracket irritates you, you can place some wax over the bracket to hold it in place.

Irritation in the mouth

During treatment, you may experience irritation on your cheeks and gums. Rinsing your mouth with a salt water solution can help the sores heal. In addition, you can alleviate the irritation by taking a small ball of wax and flattening it over the bracket causing the irritation.

Sore teeth

Your teeth may be sore after you first receive braces or have any adjustments. You may take ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or other non-aspirin pain relievers to alleviate the soreness while the teeth are moving.