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If you or your child experience an orthodontic emergency in St. Louis, Missouri, please call Orthocare Systems Orthodontics at 314-739-8888 immediately. Dr. E. Glenn Glassman and our team offer orthodontic emergency care to help repair damage to orthodontic appliances and to help you continue with your orthodontic treatment. If you are unable to meet with our orthodontist immediately, we can provide you with instructions on how to care for your appliances or injury until you can come into our office. Read on to learn what to do in the case of a common orthodontic emergency: broken brackets.

– Check the damage. If the bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it in place and cover it with orthodontic wax. The wax will keep it from sliding and make it more comfortable for your cheeks and gums. Your cheeks and gums will also be protected. If the bracket is not attached to the wire, remove it and bring it into our office with you.

– Damage control. If the broken bracket caused the wire to stick out, clip the wire with fingernail clippers. When clipping the wire, make sure to clip it as close to the bracket as you can. This will help you avoid injury to the cheeks, lips, and tongue.

– Make an appointment with our orthodontist. The sooner you make an appointment, the sooner you’ll get back on track with your orthodontic treatment. When you schedule a visit, make sure you explain the situation so that our team can best meet your needs.

If you experience an orthodontic emergency, we urge you to call our friendly orthodontist and team as soon as possible. We are here to provide the care you need!