Something’s Broken or Hurts

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What to Do

parts-of-braces.jpgCall our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us the opportunity to determine if and when an appointment is necessary. We may be able to provide assistance over the phone and save you a trip to the office. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call to notify us if you need an appliance repaired or if you are having discomfort.

Loose Brackets or Bands

Call our office for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.

Wire Irritations

Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.

Lost Separators

Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Don't worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. Acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers may be helpful while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.