Please contact our office as soon as you notice any breakage or loosening in your orthodontic appliances. If you come directly to the office, we may not be able to see you as soon as you’d like. By calling, we can work you into our schedule as soon as possible. Repairs take longer than a normal, scheduled adjustment. We understand the discomfort of broken appliances and want to help you as soon as we humanly can. However, your appointment may need to be rescheduled to guarantee necessary repair time. In advance, we apologize for any inconveniences this may create.
If a bracket falls off, you may need to slide it off of the wire for a temporary fix until you can visit our office. A small piece of wax applied to the wire can help avoid further discomfort. Please call our office the next business day, so that we can schedule a time for your repair.
Losing a separator during your treatment is actually quite common. Do not fret if you cannot find your lost separator, but please call our office and notify us so that we can replace it if necessary. If your separator falls out more than 1 day before your appointment, you will need to schedule a replacement appointment.
During the first week of your treatment and as you complete your routine adjustments, you will more than likely experience minor soreness and discomfort. Over the counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or other non-aspirin medication, will relieve this discomfort and allow you to adjust easier to your new braces. Another way to soothe soreness is to apply a warm washcloth or heating pad to your jaw.
In case of a traumatic accident, use ice immediately to reduce swelling. If the teeth are fractured, displaced, or have been knocked out, make sure to call your general dentist immediately. If there are repairs that need to be made to the braces (broken brackets, bent wires, etc.), call our office accordingly to schedule a repair appointment.