Lee Orthodontics

Orthodontic Emergencies

After Hours Orthodontic Care

Our staff knows that having any issues with your braces may cause some discomfort and concern. Often you or a parent are able to solve many of these problems temporarily that will save you from having to make a special trip to our office. Below are some helpful tips on how to handle certain situations with your braces. You may also reference the video at the bottom of the page to see how to handle braces emergencies.

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 the 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 the 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.

Missing 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, please contact the office during business hours.

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. Lee Orthodontics always has a staff member on call 24 hours a day.  For any orthodontic emergencies after hours, please call  (325) 695-2040.