Loose Brackets or Bands
Call the surgery as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly, by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. The brace may need to be re-fitted 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.
Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired as these appointment times need to be longer.
Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire sticking out on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of wax.
Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.
Discomfort With Orthodontic Treatment
During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some soreness or discomfort. You may take paracetamol or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces.
Loose Wires or Bands
Don’t be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (back of spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire under the archwire.
Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call the surgery as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you.
As a general rule, an emergency appointment may be made when there is severe pain, a loose band, a broken wire or something sticking out that you can’t take care of. It’s important to know the names of the parts of your appliances. It will help, when you phone the office, to be able to identify what part is broken or out of place.
Ring the surgery for out of hours emergency procedures.