Orthodontic emergencies

Orthodontic emergencies are extremely rare but in the event you suffer from one, we want you to know exactly what to do before coming in to see us. 

Orthodontic emergency

Broken bracket

If one of your brackets has broken or come away from your tooth, use some orthodontic wax to try and hold it in place and give us a ring to book an emergency appointment. 

Broken archwire

If part of your archwire has broken, you want to make sure it doesn’t poke in to the side of your cheek and cause any irritation. Try first placing some orthodontic wax over the end of the archwire. If that doesn’t work, gently trim the archwire with a sterilised pair of nail scissors and ring us to make an emergency appointment. 

Lost aligner

If you are wearing Invisalign, you will be issued with a couple of spare sets of aligners. However, if you lose them you will need to let us know so we can order you new ones (at a cost). This could delay your treatment and affect your results so it’s important you look after them as carefully as possible. 

Mouth ulcers

If your appliances are rubbing on the inside of your cheek and causing mouth ulcers, start by placing pieces of orthodontic wax over the part of your appliance that is causing the irritation. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, ask your pharmacist for some medication and let us know. 

Food caught between your teeth

While this isn’t an emergency per se, if you don’t keep your teeth clean with regular brushing and flossing (yes, even while you’re wearing braces) food can get caught between your teeth. When wearing orthodontic appliances, it’s extremely important to keep your teeth clean as plaque can build up and you can become more susceptible to tooth decay. 

If you are suffering from an orthodontic emergency, take appropriate action and contact the Beam Orthodontics team as soon as possible.

Costs and finance plans

Name of treatment Price Monthly repayments
Invisalign from £3,000 £25 over 3 years
Lingual Braces from £1,600 £40 over 1 year



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Specialist Orthodontists

Ruaridh McKelvey

Rhu graduated in Dentistry at Glasgow in 1995, gained his Fellowship in Dental Surgery with the Royal College of Surgeons in 1998 and then spent three years in Specialist Orthodontic training in Bristol and Exeter, completing the orthodontic exam (M.Orth) in Edinburgh in 2002. Rhu has worked both in practice and as a locum consultant. He has been based in Dundee since 2005 where he launched Beam Ortho with his wife, Jane.

Rhu appears in the Top 5 Scottish dental professionals, in Dentistry Scotland’s Leading 20 list. He was the highest rank Specialist Orthodontist too.

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Meet the team

  • Ruaridh McKelvey Principal Specialist
  • Ruth Fowler Specialist
  • Elinor Chalmers Specialist
  • Jane Adams Partner/
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    Client Consultant
  • Ariane Diplexcito Orthodontic

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