Tips from Your Syracuse Orthodontist

At SKS Orthodontics, we’re proud of the beautiful smiles we’ve created for patients in and around Syracuse, Fulton, and Fayetteville, NY. With our expert treatments, comfortable offices, and caring, friendly staff, our commitment to excellence is obvious. When it comes to Syracuse orthodontics, we want our patients to have an experience that goes above and beyond, which is why we walk beside you every step of the way. Here are some tips on what to do if you should experience an orthodontic emergency.

Protruding Wires

If you find that a wire from your braces is irritating the inside of your mouth due to protrusion, simply take a pencil eraser or a cotton swab and push the wire to rest against your tooth. You may also use orthodontic wax if these other solutions do not work. Then, wait for your next visit to our Syracuse, Fayetteville, or Fulton offices to correct the issue.

Loose Brackets

If a bracket on your braces is loose and slides back and forth on your wire, use relief wax to cover it and prevent it from spinning or sliding. Then, give us a call at 315-458-0020 to determine when you should be seen in our offices.

Braces Discomfort

It is normal to experience some discomfort, irritation, or soreness with braces. This discomfort should be minor and able to be managed and treated with common pain relievers such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol. It is very rare to experience orthodontic pain that qualifies as an emergency.

Broken Ties or Elastics

If you notice a tie or elastic that is broken, don’t panic. Simply give us a call at 315-458-0020 to determine what should be done. We may have you come in before your next scheduled appointment to repair the elastic if necessary.

Lost Retainer

Missing your retainer? If you cannot locate your retainer, it’s very important to contact our office right away to schedule an appointment so that we can fit you for a new one. This needs to be done in a timely manner so that you can begin wearing your retainer as soon as possible to keep your smile in its proper position.

Contact Your Syracuse Orthodontist Today

If you are experiencing any of the above emergencies, or simply have a question or concern regarding your clear braces or other orthodontic treatment, please contact our FayettevilleSyracuse, or Fulton office right away. You may also reach out to us by calling 315-458-0020. If you haven’t started orthodontic treatment, but are ready to transform your smile, book an appointment today to get started! We look forward to providing you with a stunning smile that you’ll be proud to show off for years to come!

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Our Locations


404 E. Genesee St.
Fayetteville, NY 13066
(315) 458-0020

North Syracuse

7334 Buckley Rd.
North Syracuse, NY 13212
(315) 458-0020


633 W. Third St.
Fulton, NY 13069
(315) 458-0020

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