Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic emergencies are rare. Please call us if you have an emergency and we will see that you are taken care of. Our office is open M-F from 8 to 5 to take your call and Dr. Magnuson is available after hours if a true emergency occurs. 509-443-5597.

Trauma involving the mouth and teeth

If your teeth have been directly traumatized, you should be seen by your family dentist as soon as possible for evaluation. An x-ray may be taken to determine if the tooth or bone has been fractured. Please call our office after seeing your dentist so that we can follow up. If your orthodontic appliance or braces have been dislodged, bent or appear distorted, please call our office to get things repaired as soon as possible.

Orthodontic Problems

We will give you detailed instructions about caring for your braces and/or appliance. Most problems can be avoided by adhering to our advice and instructions. We are available to take your call and answer any questions you may have M-F from 8 to 5.

Loose Bracket

The brace may slide or rotate on the wire. If uncomfortable, cover the loose brace with wax. If the bracket in the very back comes loose, you may remove it and bring it to your next appointment. Call our office during business hours to schedule a repair appointment. Do not attach rubber bands to a loose bracket.

Poking Wire

This usually occurs in the back of the mouth, and can be a result of great tooth movement (a good thing). Wax can be applied to the poking area to keep you comfortable until we can get you scheduled. If the poking wire is quite uncomfortable, you may attempt to clip it with fingernail clippers or wire clippers. If a flexible accessory wire or hook is poking, you can use a pencil eraser to tuck it under the brace.

Wire is Out of the Last Brace

You may attempt to thread the wire back through the hole (tube) in the brace. Hold onto the wire with tweezers, line it up with the bracket tube, and slide it through.

Replacing a Separator

Separators are used to create spaces between teeth for fitting orthodontic bands. If a separator falls out between appointments, you may be asked to replace it at home. First, string two pieces of floss around the separator. Next, pull the ends of the floss to stretch the separator. The separator is then flossed between the teeth so that the top part of the separator is still visible above the contact point.

Herbst Tube/Rod Apart

If the tube and rod are still attached to the the teeth, you will be able to get things put back together.

Open wide and align the tube on top with the bottom rod. Slide the bottom rod into the tube as you begin to close slowly.

Herbst Tube Comes Off

If the upper tube comes completely off, follow the instructions to get it re-attached. Next, follow the instructions above for Herbst Tube/Rod Apart.