Even though you are careful, you may occasionally damage your appliances. We want our patients to be informed of problems that may occur, and understand how to solve them, at least temporarily, until it is possible to return to our office. An on-call assistant is available on the weekends to help you.
If a bracket comes loose from the tooth, call our office for an appointment. While a tight bracket actually protects a tooth from decay, a loose bracket is extremely dangerous and decay can occur under it very rapidly. If the bracket is still attached to a wire, leave it in place and apply wax if there is discomfort. If the bracket comes completely out, place it in an envelope and call for an appointment.
If a main archwire breaks (the one that goes all the way around the outside of your braces), call our office for an emergency appointment.
Place wax over it if there is any discomfort and call for an appointment.
Sometimes a poking wire can be safely turned down so that it no longer causes you discomfort. Try to tuck the wire back in and out of the way with the blunt end of a toothbrush, or some other smooth object. If you are unable to take care of a poking wire, apply wax and call our office for an appointment.
Lost tie-wire or elastic tie
This is not a real emergency, but please notify an assistant at your next appointment.
Soreness and/or mild discomfort during treatment may occur. Warm salt-water rinses are helpful in relieving sore gums, tongue and lips. Advil/Tylenol will help to relieve general soreness.
Headgear does not fit
Sometimes this is caused from not wearing your headgear as prescribed. If the facebow has been bent or if the band holding the headgear is loose, do not wear the headgear. Call for an appointment.
Accidents involving teeth
Contact our office immediately, or contact your general dentist.
Please remember: If you are involved in contact sports, a regular mouth guard can be fitted over your braces for added protection.