Inchecken bij de orthodontist in Utrecht: Airportho Utrecht


We’re sorry to hear that you are experiencing problems. For urgent cases or cases involving pain, please check at the bottom of this page first to see what you can do to resolve the issue on your own.

If you are unable to resolve the problem yourself, come to the emergency drop-in.This service is solely meant for the elimination of pain and not for the repair of braces. You are welcome to visit our emergency drop-in from Tuesday to Friday; please arrive at 08:00. Do not forget to register using the form at the counter.

If the practice is closed, first have a look at this page to see what you can do yourself. For issues that you are unable to resolve yourself and that cannot wait until we are open again, please call for an appointment at the emergency dentist practice (in the St. Antonius LR) via telephone number: 0900-8602. Please state that you are a patient of ours.

The first days with braces

Braces can cause some discomfort in the first days after the placement or check-up appointment; pain is too strong a word. However, everyone has a different pain threshold. There is no need to worry; in the event of too much discomfort, paracetamol can be taken (younger than 12 years: 1 paracetamol 500mg / 12 years or older: 2 paracetamol 500mg). Do not take aspirin; this inhibits tooth movement.

If you have fallen on your teeth or had a hard impact on them with your braces in your mouth, always see your dentist first!

They can check that your teeth are undamaged and that the roots of your teeth are not damaged. Braces usually distribute the forces of a blow and therefore often lead to less damage than without braces in the mouth.

The most common issues with braces

  • Lock bracket braces

    Loose bracket

    If a bracket does come loose, don’t worry; at the next check-up, we will see what would be best in your situation; to put the bracket back or not. If you are experiencing pain because part of the bracket is poking into the cheek, it can be covered with a ball of wax. You can also try to remove the bracket. If there is a rubber band connecting the bracket to the wire, you can easily remove it and loosen the bracket. If the loose bracket is on the back molar, the wire can jab the cheek, causing discomfort (see directly below to see what to do in this case).

    Loose protruding wire

    When your teeth have straightened out or moved properly, a wire can become too long and it can irritate your cheek. To avoid damage to your cheek, press a ball of wax or chewed gum onto the end of the wire.

    If this is not enough, you can cut off the protruding piece of wire with a pair of pliers (from the toolbox) or nail clippers. Hold the pliers still to prevent them from removing the brackets. First, clean the pliers well with soap and water. If the pain has been alleviated, a separate appointment is not necessary.

    Piece of metal other than the wire

    Take a toothpick and break it in half. Now use it to push any thin metal wire back in between the teeth so that it does not stick out towards your cheek.

    Loose elastic

    If you are bothered by it, cut the elastic with scissors. You do not need an extra appointment.

  • Loose ring

    Loose ring

    If a ring comes loose, don’t worry; please call the practice during opening hours for an emergency appointment; we will generally choose to reattach the ring. Try to keep the ring in place and continue to brush your tooth and the ring well. If you are wearing headgear in the ring, please stop wearing it temporarily. If you wear a plate in the upper jaw that rests on the rings and it is really not sitting well anymore, stop wearing the plate (we would prefer that you continue wearing the plate, if possible)!


  • Removable brackets

    Removable braces

    Removable or separate braces can sometimes break. Usually, a small piece of plastic has broken off, and in most cases, this is not a problem. If the edge at the break is a little sharp, use a nail file to round it off. If wearing the braces is too uncomfortable, try to keep wearing them as much as possible. If the problem is more serious, come to the emergency drop-in or call for an extra emergency appointment during opening hours and bring the braces with you.

    Sometimes, the metal holding the plate braces in place (via the rings on the upper molars) bend and can then jab the cheek or gums. Use your thumb to bend the end of the wire slightly inwards or outwards.

    In the case of a Twin Block, it is important to always keep wearing the part that is not broken!

  • Herbst


    A Herbst is known as braces where high a degree of force is involved and where something can break relatively often. We therefore have our Herbst braces constructed to be extra strong.

    Sometimes the socket screws come loose and you end up with two loose rods in your mouth. This can cause significant irritation. Have someone tighten the rods with the Allen key. If you have not received this from us yet, please come to the emergency drop-in.

    If it is not the bars that are loose but the whole Herbst braces (band loose from molar), do not come to the Emergency drop-in but call for a separate emergency appointment.

  • Splint loose or broken

    Loose or broken retainer

    If the orthodontic treatment was completed less than a year ago: try to come and see us within a week. Please call for an appointment during opening hours.

    If the orthodontic treatment was completed more than a year ago: There is no rush, but it is a good idea to have it looked at by your orthodontist or dentist within three weeks; whichever is easier.

    If the retainer feels very sharp, put a ball of wax or a piece of chewed gum on it. Only when this really doesn’t help sufficiently, then you should you cut away only the loose part, without removing the whole retainer. Then the teeth that are still attached to the retainer cannot shift out of place.