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Can You Fix It? Yes You Can!

From time to time you may experience a problem with your braces while at home. Here are some common orthodontic appliance problems that you can easily fix on your own. However, please do not hesitate to call us for assistance if you are unable to correct the situation — severe pain, trauma, facial injury, or even a wire sticking out that you cannot fix, requires emergency treatment.

Rinsing your mouth with warm water mixed with salt often alleviates soreness caused by braces. The use of ibuprofen, aspirin, or Tylenol is also effective in reducing tooth soreness, especially after adjustments.
Loose Band, Bracket or Appliance:
It is OK to leave loose brackets in place. Please call us to schedule adequate time — these appointments take longer than a normal one. However, if any part is irritating your mouth, try to cover with orthodontic wax. If a band or bracket actually comes off, wrap in tissue and bring with you on your next appointment.
brace diagram
Loose Wire:
An irritating loose wire can be covered with wax as well. It may also be pushed back into place by another person using an eraser, spoon or tweezers, or clipped back with fingernail clippers.
Missing Elastic or Tiewire:
This is not an urgent situation. If there is a wire tie underneath the colored elastic, we can replace the colored elastic at your regular appointment. If there is no elastic or wire tie on a tooth, please call our office so that we can replace it within the next week. If you notice any adverse shifting, please call our office immediately.
Your Herbst Appliance
Your Herbst appliance works using sliding rods and tubes that are fixed to the bands on the molars of your upper and lower jaw. Occasionally, the appliance may come apart if a rod slides out of a tube. If this should happen, simply open wide and carefully slide the rod back into the tube, and close your mouth normally. You may need to use a mirror in this case.
herbst appliance
In the following instances, please call our office immediately:
  • The screws become loose or come undone.
  • A rod gets stuck inside a tube, limiting movement of your jaw
  • A band loosens from the tooth.
  • Any other breakage.
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