What to do when you encounter concerns or difficulties during treatment:
Call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. 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 right away to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.
Loose Brackets or Bands
Call our office as soon as possible for advice if a brace or wire is loosened, since the brace may need to be re-fitted prior to your next appointment. 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 or wire cutters 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. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or wire cutters that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.
It is not uncommon to lose a separator during treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced. Click here for more information about separators.
Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment
During the first week after your braces are placed, you will likely feel some pain, soreness, or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws. Soft foods may be easier and more comfortable to chew at this time.
Disengaged Forsus Springs
When wearing Forsus springs to correct your bite, it is possible that the spring and rod may become disengaged. To reengage them, simply grasp the spring with one hand and gently compress it back toward your upper molar. Grasp the rod and slide it back into the hole in the center of the spring.
If you are unable to reengage the spring and rod, you may use floss or the elastics given to you the day your springs were placed to tie the spring and rod to your braces. Please call the office so that we may schedule a sooner appointment.