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Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic Emergencies

What to do when you have a orthodontic emergency:

Loose or poking archwires:

If a part of your braces becomes loose or breaks, it’s most likely not an emergency and can be taken care of with a follow up visit.


Soreness from Braces

It’s normal to experience discomfort for a day or two after braces are put on or adjusted at future appointments. It’s not an emergency, but it can be uncomfortable, especially when trying to eat. Eating soft foods for a couple days may help. Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help as well.


Mouth Sores from Braces

Because of the brackets on traditional braces, you might experience a few mouth sores. These sores may appear inside the cheeks, or on the lips or even on the tongue.

Applying a topical anesthetic like Orabase or Ora-Gel will help you feel better, as well as help the sores heal. Reapply the anesthetic as often as you need to and be sure to apply it with a cotton swab so you don’t introduce the area to possible infection.


Food Caught Behind Braces

Getting food stuck in between your teeth and behind your braces can be a little uncomfortable and even a little embarrassing, but there’s an easy fix. Simply tie a small knot in the middle of the floss to help remove the food as you push the floss behind the bracket.


Contact Us & Location



Brookline Dental Specialists is conveniently located on the "C" line, Harvard St. Station. Off Street Parking is available. Call today to schedule your appointment 617-738-0806
Phone: 617.738.0806
Fax: 617-232-8933
Office Hours:
Monday: 9AM-6PM
Tuesday: 9AM-6PM
Wednesday: 8AM-6PM
Thursday: 9AM-6PM
Friday: 8AM-5PM
Saturday: 9AM-2PM