Most problems can be easily remedied at home following the simple steps below. However, if a situation arises that you cannot resolve on your own, call us as soon as possible, and we can fit you in for a repair appointment. In the meantime, this page can help resolve minor problems you may encounter during your orthodontic treatment
If your teeth are sore after a visit you may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth, heating pad, or warm salt water rinses may reduce the soreness in your jaws.
If your braces cause irritation, try 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 amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors so long as they have been washed and sterilized in alcohol.
If the main wire or a bracket comes loose, first, call our office to see if the bracket needs to be re-fitted. If you have a situation where you must cut the wire or slide a bracket off the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office on the next business day to schedule a repair appointment.
If a separator comes out, call our office to see if it needs to be replaced, but don’t fret. It is common for patients to lose a separator during treatment.