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What to do if?

Wires 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.

 

If a wire comes out in the back, try to reinsert the wire with a pair of needle-nose 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. 

A BRACKET 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 bracket flips around around the wire and creates irritation, use tweezers to reposition the brace, then contact us for advice about the next step. Save the bracket and bring it to your next scheduled appointment.

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A rubber spacer falls out

If a spacer comes out call us to to have it replaced.  If your appointment is within 48 hours leave it out.

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Teeth become sore after visit

Tenderness is a good sign: your teeth are moving! 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.

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I NEED TO ACTIVATE MY EXPANDER

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FOOD BECOMES STUCK BETWEEN YOUR TEETH

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YOUR RETAINER CRACKS

Remove the retainer from your mouth and bring all the pieces with you to our office for professional repair. Do not wear pieces as they may be distorted and move your teeth negatively.

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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 any 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 d piece. Please notify us, so we can replace the missing part.

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