Be Prepared for Whatever You Face

Orthodontic emergencies at MWDS are rare, but Dr. Tomlin wants to prepare you for whatever comes your way during orthodontic treatment. Some orthodontic emergencies require immediate doctor care, while you can address others at home.

Tools & Supplies

You can handle most orthodontic emergencies with tools you likely have in your home, like:

  • Orthodontic wax (given to you the day you get your braces)
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Proxy brushes (given to you the day you get your braces)
  • Warm salt water for sores
  • Non-prescription pain reliever (Tylenol or Ibuprofen)

Lost Wire or Colored Band

Please call our office if you lose a wire or a colored band from a bracket. Dr. Tomlin will advise whether you should be seen.


It’s normal to have discomfort for a day or two after having your braces adjusted. This can make eating uncomfortable, but this is normal and temporary. You can stick to soft foods until the discomfort subsides. Tylenol or Ibuprofen can also help with discomfort.

Mouth Sores

It’s common to get mouth sores during orthodontic treatment. To help alleviate these sores, place orthodontic wax over the braces near the sore.

This will stop the braces from irritating the sore. You can also use a warm salt water rinse to help the healing process. Over-the-counter topical anesthetics such as Orajel or Kanka may relieve pain associated with mouth sores.

Protruding Wires

Occasionally the end of the wire will work itself out of place and irritate the mouth. You can place orthodontic wax over the wire to relieve pain.

You can use fingernail clippers to clip long wires. If this happens, please make Dr. Tomlin aware so she can determine if you should come in for a visit.