Specialist in Orthodontics • Diplomate of American Board of Orthodontics • Member of the College of Diplomats
Linda D. Sheridan, D.D.S, A.B.O
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A wire causes problems

A wire can cause irritation. Using a pencil eraser or a Q-tip, gently push the wire away from the irritated area. If the wire can’t be tucked under, cover the sharp end with a small piece of wax, a cotton ball, or a piece of sugarless gum. Then contact us to schedule an adjustment ASAP.
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Try to reinsert the wire with a pair of needle-nosed pliers or tweezers. If the wire isn’t sticking into your flesh, place a piece of wax over the end. If the wire is sticking into your flesh and wax doesn’t help, contact us for an adjustment ASAP. If professional help isn’t immediately available, you may want to try this as a last resort: using a small wire cutter or toenail clipper, trim the end as closely as possible to the back of the last brace.

A brace becomes loose and breaks away from your tooth

The brace usually remains connected to the main wire by its clip or a small rubber colored ring. If the brace flips around the wire and creates irritation, use eyebrow tweezers to reposition the brace. Then contact us for advice about next-steps. Watch Video

Save the piece and contact us to schedule a repair visit.

A rubber spacer falls out
No need to do anything until the morning of your appointment. Floss in the place where the spacer was, a piece of the sterizled rubber band and leave in place until you arrive at your appointment. We will remove for you.
Your teeth become sore after a monthly visit
Tenderness is a good sign: your teeth are moving! The more you can use them the quicker the soreness goes away. In the meantime, take Aspirin, Tylenol or ibuprofen (unless you’re allergic) as needed based on your weight. It can also be soothing to rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup of warm water.
I need to activate my expander
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You must unexpectedly postpone an appointment
Contact us as far in advance as possible to reschedule. Advance notice makes it possible for another patient to see Dr. Sheridan during your timeslot. If our office isn’t open when you call, please leave your name, phone number and a brief message on our answering machine. We’ll follow-up with you ASAP.
Food becomes stuck between your teeth
Use dental floss or a tufted proxy brush to dislodge the food. Watch Video
Your retainer cracks
Remove the retainer from your mouth and bring all the pieces to our office for professional repair. Do not wear pieces as they may be distorted and move your teeth negatively.
You swallow a piece of your appliance
Remain calm! This should move smoothly into the stomach and pass out of the body in a bowel movement. However, if you experience difficulty breathing, you should seek immediate medical attention. X-rays should be taken to determine the size, location and potential threat posed by the swallowed piece. Please notify us, so we can replace the missing part.
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