ELMIRA, NY 14901
p: (607) 733-7163


Even though you are careful, you may occasionally damage your appliances. Dr. Bellohusen and staff want our patients to be informed of problems that may occur, and understand how to solve them, at least temporarily, until it is possible to return to our office.

Loose band or bracket - If a band or bracket comes loose from the tooth, call our office for an appointment. While a tight band or bracket actually protects a tooth from decay, a loose band or bracket is extremely dangerous and decay can occur under it very rapidly. If the band or bracket is still attached to a wire, leave it in place and apply wax if there is discomfort. If the band or bracket comes completely out, place it in an envelope and call for an appointment

Broken arch wire

If a main arch wire breaks (the one that goes all the way around the outside of your braces), call our office for an emergency appointment

Loose wire

Try to place the wire back in the tube. Place wax if there is any discomfort and call for an appointment.

Poking wire

Sometimes a poking wire can be safely turned down so that it no longer causes you discomfort. Try to tuck the wire back in and out of the way with the blunt end of a toothbrush, or some other smooth object. If you are unable to take care of a poking wire, apply wax and call our office for an appointment.

Lost wire or elastic tie

This is not a real emergency, but please notify an assistant at your next appointment.


Soreness during treatment is to be expected. Warm salt-water rinses and Advil are helpful in relieving soreness.

Accidents involving teeth

Contact our office immediately, or contact your general dentist.

Please remember: If you are involved in contact sports, a regular mouth guard can be fitted over your braces for added protection.

After Office Hours

Our office is generally open Monday through Friday. Emergency time is held open during each day so the we may schedule your as soon as possible during normal clinic hours. We set time aside each day just in case of emergencies. Either a Staff member or Dr Bellohusen are on call 24 hrs a day.