Brackets are easily broken when eating hard or chewy food. If a bracket is loose and slides on the wire then it's broken. Give us a call and we'll make an appointment to repair the bracket. Every patient gets wax that can be placed over any areas that are irritating your cheek.
Poking or Broken Wire
Sometimes, the wire pokes out of the last bracket as your teeth straighten. If this occurs and the wire starts poking your cheek you can place wax on it or clip it with nail clippers or scissors. We are always available to take your call and coach you through it.
Poking Steel Ligature
Steel ties are often used on teeth that are severely rotated. As teeth straighten, the tail of the steel may begin to irritate your cheek. You can use a blunt object, such as a pencil eraser to push the tail toward your teeth and away from your cheek.
Lost or Ripped Color Ties
If you notice a color tie is missing or ripped, you'll want to call our office for an appointment. Color ties hold the wire against the bracket. Although there is no real emergency when this happens, missing or ripped ties can stop progress.
Loose Expander or Appliance
We use high quality dental cement but even then, appliances can get loose. Call our office for an appointment so that we can re-cement the appliance. Meanwhile, the appliance can be pushed back onto the tooth until you can make it into our office.
Brackets feel rough on your gums and cheeks, especially at the beginning of treatment. Constant irritation can create sore spots that are uncomfortable for patients. This issue becomes less frequent as your cheek and gums get used to braces. If you do get a sore spot, place wax over the area of the bracket that is causing the irritation. Luckily, your mouth has the fastest healing tissue in the body. It usually takes 7-10 days for the area to completely heal.
Patients usually experience soreness for the first 4-7 days after braces are placed or adjusted. We recommend that our patients take over-the-counter pain medication such as Ibuprofen/Tylenol before coming to their appointment. Taking over-the-counter analgesics before pain starts has been proven more effective than taking it after pain is commences.
Seperators create space between teeth which allows placement of well fitting bands. Seperators are worn for 3-7 days and can come out from time to time. You dont need to worry if you lose a separator within 24-48 hours from your appointment. Outside of that, call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.