Braces can withstand most activities, like talking, sipping, chewing, and brushing. However, minor problems can arise on occasion. Fortunately, you can handle some of the most common “emergencies” at home, saving you a trip to the orthodontist. Though swelling or pain warrant an exam right away, here are a few issues you can likely fix yourself.
How to Address Common Orthodontic Issues
1. Loose Bracket or Band
Brackets and bands can become loose between appointments. Biting down on something relatively hard can break a bracket, while bands might come loose with sticky foods.. If the loose bracket is still attached to the wire, it can be left in place or the colored tie may be clipped with a small scissors. If the loose piece falls completely off, it can be thrown away. Call the office on the next business day for the problem to be addressed.
2. Long/Poking Wire
When wires become loose or long, you may be able to maneuver them back into place using a pair of tweezers. Otherwise, use clean nail clippers to cut the wire behind the last tooth to which it is fastened. If the protruding piece is too short to cut, place some wax on the end of it to prevent irritation. Call the office on the next business day to have the wire fixed.
3. Rapid Palatal Expander Problems
If after making an activation on the expander, the next hole isn’t visible, you will need to call the office on the next business day for the problem to be solved.
If someone in your family needs braces, turn to Mosling Orthodontics in La Crosse and Viroqua, WI. Serving patients throughout the Coulee Region, they specialize in custom orthodontic appliances. By educating their patients at each appointment, they empower them to take good care of their teeth and handle the kinds of emergencies mentioned above with confidence. Visit the website to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry services they offer, and call (608) 782-1950 to make an appointment with the orthodontist today.