Common Problems and Solutions
You may be able to solve many braces problems temporarily by yourself until you schedule a repair appointment with our office.
Loose Band or Bracket
If band or bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it in place. If the loose band or bracket is causing discomfort, place wax on the affected area. If the band or bracket comes out completely, place in a Ziploc bag and call the office for a repair appointment.
If your wire becomes loose, try to use a pair of tweezers to put it back in place. If that is not possible, use fingernail clippers to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened too. If there is discomfort, place wax on the area and call the office for a repair appointment.
Try to push the sticking wire down with a spoon or eraser. If that is not possible, place wax on the area and call the office for a repair appointment.
Lost Tie-wire or Elastic Tie Soreness
Use warm salt water rinses and/or Tylenol® or Ibuprofen®. If this does not work, please let us know at your next appointment.
Headgear Doesn’t Fit
This is caused sometimes by not wearing your headgear as prescribed. If the face-bow is bent, please call the office right away.
If you are following the instructions for care and reviewing the common problems listed above, there are rarely any orthodontic emergencies. If you have a situation that you cannot resolve on your own, call us as soon as possible so we can fit you in quickly for a repair appointment.