26Sep2014

Handling Orthodontic Emergencies

With Halloween approaching, those chewy chocolates, caramels, and taffy apples become more and more tempting for everyone- especially those with braces. While we certainly don’t advocate indulging in these forbidden foods, we want you to be prepared for emergencies that can happen as a result.

PROBLEM: POKING WIRES
SOLUTION: You can try to push the poking wire back into place by using the end of a pencil eraser. You can also use this trick for long wires in the back to help tuck them behind your bracket for comfort. If that is not possible, you can place wax on the area causing the irritation until you can be seen by our office to have it fixed.

PROBLEM: LOOSE BRACKET
SOLUTION: If uncomfortable, cover the bracket with wax. If it comes off the wire completely put in an envelope and bring it to your next appointment. Do not connect rubberbands to a loose bracket or band.

PROBLEM: BROKEN LACE (thin wires laced around brackets)
SOLUTION: Tuck the poking part away from the lip if lace is under the wire. If lace is on top of the wire remove the broken lace.

Hopefully you don’t experience any of these issues, but if you do, you will be prepared to handle them until you can get to our office to correct the issues.

Also, check out this list of foods to avoid, to keep your braces clean and strong for the weeks to come:

http://www.orthocenters.org/docs/no_no_foods.pdf

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