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What to Do in Case of Orthodontic Repair

As a general rule, call our office as soon as possible for an orthodontic repair appointment. Repairs are made when there is severe discomfort, a loose band, a broken wire or something sticking out that you can't take care of. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need a repair appointment.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces are placed, you will likely feel some soreness or discomfort. You may take Tylenol or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. Many patients use wax to help with any irritations that may be caused by your new brackets.

Wire Irritations

There are different reasons why you would have a wire irritating your lips or cheeks. For temporary relief, place wax over the part of the appliance that is causing discomfort. If wax doesn't resolve the problem, try clipping the wire with sterile nail clippers or scissors. Call the office to make a repair appointment.

If You Notice Small Spaces Developing Between Your Teeth

Don't panic! This is usually normal and expected as teeth move into different positions, particularly in the early stages of treatment. They will close eventually.

Loosening of Teeth

This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don't worry! It's normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can move. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new, corrected positions.

If a Separator Comes Out

These are to open spaces to fit bands. Contact our office, and we'll let you know whether you need an appointment to have a new separator placed.

If a Bracket Comes Loose from a Tooth

Call our office to schedule a repair visit. Call even if you have an upcoming appointment since repairs of this nature usually take additional time. Broken appliances will delay treatment time and need to be repaired as soon as possible.

Importance of Rubber Bands

Rubber bands should be worn as instructed in order to stay on track with treatment. If you forget how to wear them, please call the office for over the phone instructions. If you run out, please call so we can mail some to you.

If You Experience Trauma to the Mouth

Contact your dentist immediately. After seeing your family dentist, please call our office so that we can take care of dislodged or displaced teeth, or damage to orthodontic appliances. If you are unable to reach your family dentist, call our office, and we will be happy to assist you in the care of the injury. If the office is closed, please follow the instructions on the message machine to reach us via our emergency contact numbers.