Call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office without calling. 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 an appliance repair.
Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be replaced as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.
Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. This usually only works for small, light wires. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.
During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness, or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen/Tylenol (preferred) or other pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws. If your tissues are irritated, a warm salt water rinse swished around inside your mouth will often help to soothe the sore tissues.