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During your orthodontic treatment, there are several issues that can arise. If you have an orthodontic emergency, call our office to discuss the problem with our orthodontist or team. You may need to visit right away or you may be able to do something to alleviate the problem until your next appointment. Our talented team will know what help you need and when you need it.

Brackets, the ceramic or metal squares that are attached to the front of each tooth, can become weak or break if you chew something hard or sticky. This can cause the bracket to come loose and poke into your cheek, gums, or tongue. Putting orthodontic wax over the bracket can keep it from poking the inside of your mouth. This will make things more comfortable until you visit Dr. Frank Iuorno.

If a wire becomes broken, it can hurt your gums, tongue, or cheek. You may use a pencil eraser to push the wire into a better position. If the wire will not move to a comfortable position, put a piece of orthodontic wax over the end of the wire. Do not attempt to cut the wire, as the piece of wire can be accidentally swallowed or inhaled. If the end of the wire has caused a sore, rinse your mouth with warm salt water or an antiseptic rinse.

We welcome you to contact West End Orthodontics at 804-364-8366 today for more information and to set up a visit. When you come in, our orthodontist in Glen Allen, Virginia, may adjust, reposition, or reattach the existing brackets or wires. If necessary, brackets or wires will be replaced. We are ready to get your orthodontic treatment back on track!