Braces Emergencies


Hello… 911… I have an emergency! Get Dr. Lee on the line! I have a pokey wire! The situation is touch and go and I don’t know what to do! HELP!!

We all know that orthodontic emergencies are not quite that dramatic. Nobody has to run after the paddles and yell “clear!” because of a “pokey wire”. However we do know that when you have any problems with your braces it may cause some discomfort and concern. Team Lee wants you to be informed on how to handle any issues you may have with your braces.

You may be able to solve many braces problems temporarily by yourself that will save you from having to make a special trip to our office. Here are some helpful tips on how to handle certain situations with your braces.  You can also reference the video at the bottom of the page to see how to handle braces emergencies.  Scroll down further and you will be able to watch a short video on how to handle some problems at home.

Loose Band  or bracket

If a band or bracket is still attached to the wire, leave in place. If uncomfortable, place wax on it. If it comes out completely, wrap brace or bracket in tissue and keep until next appointment.

Loose Wire


Try to place wire back in place with tweezers. If that is not possible, clip wire with fingernail clippers behind last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If any discomfort, place wax on it.


Poking Wire


Try to push sticking wire down with a spoon or eraser. If not possible, place wax on it.


lost color tie


Notify us at next appointment, no action necessary.




Use warm salt water rinses and/or Tylenol or Ibuprofen.


Headgear does not fit


Sometimes caused by not wearing as prescribed. If face bow is bent, call the office at once.


Loose Appliance

 If appliance is sticking or poking, place wax on it.

If you have any questions you can call our office and we will be happy to assist you with any issues you may have.  If you call after hours, a staff member is always on call 24 hours a day.  Call our office at (325) 695-2040.  You will be provided the contact information for the staff member that is on call.

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