Even though you are careful, you may occasionally damage your appliances.
We want our patients to be informed of problems that may occur, and
understand how to solve them, at least temporarily, until it is possible
to return to our office.
Loose band or bracket
If a band or bracket comes loose from the tooth,
call our office for an appointment. While a tight band or bracket actually
protects a tooth from decay, a loose band or bracket is extremely dangerous
and decay can occur under it very rapidly. If the band or bracket is still
attached to a wire, leave it in place and apply wax if there is discomfort.
If the band or bracket comes completely out, place it in an envelope and
call for an appointment.
If a main archwire breaks (the one that goes all the way
around the outside of your braces), call our office for an emergency
Try to place the wire back in the tube. Place wax over it if
there is any discomfort and call for an appointment.
Sometimes a poking wire can be safely turned down so that it
no longer causes you discomfort. Try to tuck the wire back in and out of the
way with the blunt end of a toothbrush, or some other smooth object. If you
are unable to take care of a poking wire, apply wax and call our office for
Lost tie-wire or elastic tie
This is not a real emergency, but please
notify an assistant at your next appointment.
Soreness during treatment is to be expected. Warm salt-water
rinses and Tylenol are helpful in relieving soreness.
Headgear does not fit
Sometimes this is caused from not wearing your
headgear as prescribed. If the facebow has been bent or if the band holding
the headgear is loose, do not wear the headgear. Call for an appointment.
Accidents involving teeth
Contact our office immediately, or contact
your general dentist. If there is an after hours emergency please call Dr. Elison. His cell number is on the answering machine at the office.
Please remember: If you are involved in contact sports, a regular mouth
guard can be fitted over your braces for added protection.