First - rest assured you are in capable hands. These issues are all known variables during the course of your treatment and are nothing to worry about! Call our office as soon as possible if you lose or damage an appliance like headgear or a retainer, if a bracket falls off or becomes loose, or if you are experiencing sharp pain from a poking wire or other appliance. (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 as soon as you can to notify us if you need an appliance repaired or replaced.
Most patients experience a The bracket 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. 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. 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.
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.
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 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.