The ABCs of Braces
PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
You may be able to solve many braces problems temporarily by yourself until you schedule a repair appointment with our office. These problems need not cause delay in your treatment.
LOOSE BAND OR BRACKET
LOOSE ARCH WIRE
POKING TIE WIRE
LOST TIEWIRE OR ELASTIC TIE
LOOSE OR BROKEN APPLIANCE
If band or bracket is still attached to wire leave in place. If uncomfortable, place wax on it. If it comes off completely, place in plastic bag and bring to next appointment.
Try to place wire back in place with tweezers. If that is not possible, clip wire with fingernail clippers behind last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If the wire is causing discomfort, place wax on it.
Try to push the wire toward the teeth/gums with a spoon or clean pencil eraser. If possible put wax on it.
Notify us at the next appointment.
Use warm salt water rinses and/or Tylenol and Ibuprofen.
Call our office to schedule repair. If appliance is sticking or poking, place wax on it.
If you feel you are unable to handle a problem on your own please call us as soon as possible.