What To Do In An Orthodontic Emergency

Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment
in Scotia, NY

You deserve a beautiful, healthy smile, and at Hoskinson Orthodontics, our mission is to help everyone in the Scotia, Schenectady, Glenville, & Amsterdam areas achieve their signature smile. We offer comprehensive orthodontic treatment ranging from braces to Invisalign clear aligners, and we take a personalized approach to care to help make treatment fit into your lifestyle. We’ve helped countless patients throughout Scotia and Schenectady, NY achieve gorgeous new smiles, and most treatments go off without a hitch – but in rare cases, orthodontic emergencies are possible.

Hoskinson Orthodontics
Hoskinson Orthodontics

Lost Separator

Losing a separator can happen. If a separator falls out we recommend calling the office during office hours Monday through Thursday to discuss next steps. The separator may need to be replaced a few days before the appliance placement date or we will recommend coming 30 minutes prior to the appliance placement appointment to have the separator replaced.

Discomfort & Soreness

Virtually all orthodontic treatments cause some minor soreness or discomfort, especially after first getting your appliances or having them adjusted. If you experience discomfort, you can use over- the- counter analgesics, salt water rinses, and soft diet. For tissue tenderness apply wax to the wire poke or irritated bracket area.

Hoskinson Orthodontics
Hoskinson Orthodontics

Irritation from Wires

If a wire comes loose or causes you discomfort, you can try to move the wire back into place using a sterilized pair of tweezers or a clean pencil eraser. If you can’t move the wire, try covering it with a piece of dental wax. In the problem persists, you can cut the wire using a sterilized pair of nail clippers. Please call the office at (518) 372-3424 during office hours to discuss a possible repair/comfort appointment.

Broken Braces

If a bracket, wire, or another part of your braces or orthodontic appliance breaks or comes loose on an evening or weekend please follow the self-help guide provided in the folder given at the appliance placement appointment. Below are a few things that may help in the meantime and steps to take if your braces break.

  • Wax is helpful for wire pokes, and annoying broken brackets spinning on the wire.
  • Pointed tweezers or a large safety pin can be used to remove the elastic ligature from the wire.
  • Save the bracket and bring to your repair appointment.
  • Please call the office at (518) 372-3424 during office hours to make a repair appointment. Typically repair appointments are offered before 3 pm.
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Schedule an Appointment with Your Scotia & Schenectady, NY Orthodontist

Most problems in orthodontic treatment are minor and can be fixed either over the phone or with a visit to the office, but no matter what you experience during treatment, we’re here to help. Feel free to contact us at (518) 372-3424 with any questions about orthodontic emergencies or if you need to schedule a repair appointment at our office. We look forward to hearing from you, and we’re excited to help you achieve a beautiful new smile!


The NYS Dental Association has closely monitored all developments with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

As we are aware the COVID-19 situation in New York is one of the most serious in the nation.  At this time it is highly recommended that dental offices only provide emergency care for our patients; and close for a minimum of 3 weeks.  As a professional office we want to be responsible and slow the spread of COVID-19. We will follow this urgent recommendation- the office will be closed for patient care starting Wednesday 3/18/2020.  As of now the office plans to tentatively reopen 4/13/2020.  Dr. Hoskinson will be available to see emergency patients –  a patient experiencing discomfort. The office will reach out to our patients and  reschedule all appointments once we know an exact date for reopening.

This is an extremely fluid, unprecedented event in our country.  We are being faced with many unknowns and personal challenges at this time.

Happy & Healthy Wishes to all,

Hoskinson Orthodontics

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