Handling Minor Brace Repairs
Orthodontic emergencies occur very rarely, however, occasionally you may experience a problem. Most problems are minor and can be handled at home. Here are common issues that you might encounter during treatment and how to handle them.
Loose Brackets or Bands
A loose bracket or band can be left in place until your next visit. Do notify us so that we can schedule additional time to repair it. If it is bothersome, cut the wire using a clean nail clippers and slip the bracket off. Tuck the wire under and bring the bracket to your next appointment.
Poking or Broken Wires
You can bend an irritating wire away from the area with an eraser, the round end of a spoon or a Q-tip. Still poking? Clip it with a clean nail clippers.
Wire Out of Tube
Can be easily reinserted into tube using a tweezers.
It is not unusual to lose a separator during treatment. Do not worry, but do call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.
Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment
During the first week after you get your braces, and for several days after routine adjustments, you may feel soreness, discomfort and your teeth may be tender to biting. Take Tylenol or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. Eating softer foods until the discomfort goes away is a good idea.
When to Call the Office
If you make any of the adjustments we’ve mentioned, call the office as soon as possible, during regular office hours, so that we can schedule time to make repairs. CALL EVEN IF YOU HAVE A SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT, because a repair may take longer than the time alloted for a regular appointment.
If you are unable to alleviate the problem on your own, please call. We are always available to assist you.
Direct injuries to the mouth or teeth- immediately ice the area and call your regular dentist. After seeing your dentist, we will need to replace any broken or displaced appliances as soon as possible (depending upon the patient’s comfort level).