Even if you’re cautious, your appliances may still become a little rough around the edges. We want our patients to be aware of potential issues and know how to deal with them in the interim until they can return to our clinic for further treatment.
Loose Brackets or Bands – A bracket or wire that comes loose should be reported to our office right away for assistance. As quickly as possible, the bracket should be reinstalled. Cutting a wire or moving a bracket may be necessary if the event occurs at night or on the weekend. Fingernail clippers that have been cleansed and sanitized with alcohol may be used to cut a wire in an emergency. Make an appointment with us the next business day by calling our office.
A cotton swab or eraser may be used to move a wire on your braces away from the spot that is irritating you. Make a little ball of cotton or wax and stick it on the end of the wire to see what happens. Nail clippers or scissors that have been rinsed and sanitized with alcohol may be used to cut the wire. Call our office if you can’t get the wire irritation under control.
Separators are often misplaced by individuals undergoing orthodontic treatment. Do not be alarmed if you misplace a separator; nonetheless, you should contact our office to find out whether a new one is required.
You may have some soreness, stiffness, or discomfort for the first week after the installation of your braces and any necessary adjustments. Take acetaminophen or non-aspirin pain medicines as you get used to your new braces, if that helps you through the transition period. Heating pads or a warm washcloth may be used to relieve jaw ache.
Please remember: A mouth guard is recommended to protect your teeth and braces if you play contact sports