What to Do If Your Braces Do Something Unusual

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Do you know what to do if you are sitting down to a nice meal and your braces do something unusual? Most of the time wearing braces is uneventful, but occasionally the unexpected happens, so knowing what to do can make you more comfortable.

Let’s take a look at just a few things that can crop up while you are straightening your smile with orthodontics. We recommend that you call our team if something happens so that we can determine whether you need to come in before your next scheduled appointment. If not, there are things you can do to ensure your comfort while you are waiting to be seen by our orthodontist.

1-One of your wires pop out only to keep poking you.

With this issue, you can flatten the wire against the tooth with a pencil eraser or a Q-tip. You can also press orthodontic wax over the wire so that it doesn’t rub or irritate your mouth.

2-One of your coil springs falls off.

Retrieve the spring and keep it in a safe place and then call our office. We will determine if you need to come in before your next appointment, otherwise, the coil may be put back on during your next scheduled visit.

3-One of the archwires emerges out of a bracket.

You should see if you can reinsert the wire back into the tube with tweezers if an archwire slips out of a bracket. You can also place wax on the wire to limit contact with your soft tissue in your mouth.

4-A bracket comes loose.

This is fairly simple, you can place some orthodontic wax over the bracket to keep it from irritating your oral tissue. However, if the bracket actually falls off, please put it in a safe place and bring it in at your next scheduled appointment.

Dr. Michael Emanuel and our staff at Michael Emanuel DDS PLLC want to help you have a comfortable positive experience while straightening your smile. If you do have any issues, please give us a call at 718-336-5005 in Brooklyn, New York so we can help. We look forward to keeping you smiling!