Many times, you can fix a broken appliance at home. Watch this video to find out how to repair common problems.
For temporary relief, place wax over the part of the appliance that is causing discomfort. If wax doesn’t resolve the problem, try clipping the wire with sterile nail clippers or scissors. Call the office to make a repair appointment.
Small Spaces Developing Between Your Teeth
Don’t panic! This is usually normal and expected as teeth move into different positions, particularly in the early stages of treatment. Don’t worry – we will close them as treatment progresses.
Loosening of Teeth
This is to be expected throughout treatment and is completely normal! Teeth must loosen first so they can move. Over time, the teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new, corrected positions.
If a Separator Comes Out
Separators help open spaces to fit bands. Contact our office, and we’ll let you know whether you need an appointment to have a new separator placed.
If a Bracket Comes Loose from a Tooth
Call our office to schedule a repair visit. Broken appliances will delay treatment time and need to be repaired as soon as possible.
Importance of Rubber Bands
Rubber bands should be worn as instructed to stay on track with treatment. If you forget how to wear them, please call the office for over-the-phone instructions.
If You Experience Trauma to the Mouth
Contact your dentist immediately. After seeing your family dentist, please call our office so that we can take care of dislodged or displaced teeth or damage to orthodontic appliances. If you are unable to reach your family dentist, call our office and we will be happy to assist you in the care of the injury.