Loose Bracket +
Occasionally, a glued bracket may come loose. You can remove the loose bracket and save it in an envelope to bring to the office or leave it where it is, if it is not causing any irritation. Call the office as soon as possible in order for us to allow time to re-bond the bracket.
Poking Wire +
If a wire is poking your gums or cheek there are several things you can try until you can get to the office for an appointment:
Wire Out of Brace Bracket +
Please be careful to avoid hard or sticky foods that may bend the wire or cause it to come out of the back brace.
If this does happen, you may use needle nose pliers or tweezers to put the wire back into the hole in the back brace.
If you are unable to do this, you may clip the wire to ease the discomfort.
Please call the office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to replace the wire.
Poking Elastic (Rubber Band) Hook +
Some brackets have small hooks on them for elastic wear. These hooks can occasionally become irritating to the lips or cheeks.
If this happens, you may either use a pencil eraser to carefully push the hook in, or you can place a ball of wax on the hook to make the area feel smooth.
Sore Teeth +
You may be experiencing some discomfort after beginning treatment or at the change of wires or adjusting of appliances.
This is normal and should diminish within 24-72 hours.
A few suggestions to help with the discomfort:
Please feel free to contact the office if you are experiencing any discomfort or if you have any questions.
Below are a few simple steps that might help if you are unable to contact us or if you need a “quick fix.”