Congratulations on taking the first step toward your ideal smile! With today’s advanced braces comes increased convenience and ease in achieving your happiest, healthiest smile. Although modern technology means braces are now more effective and efficient than ever, there are still a variety of issues you can potentially run into while wearing braces. If something goes wrong, it’s important to make an appointment with our orthodontist in Palatine for repairs and to check that everything is properly in place. However, in the meantime, there are some steps you can take to handle problems until your appointment:
#1: What To Do If Your Wire Breaks
If your wire breaks, it is no longer effective in moving your teeth. It’s imperative that you make an appointment with our orthodontist to fix this issue. However, a broken wire is usually painful or annoying, as the wire may poke into your cheek or gums and create a sore.
Until you see our orthodontist, try securing it by pushing the wire back up with a pencil. If this doesn’t work, use a bit of orthodontic wax to cover the end. If the wire has already created a sore, rinse with antiseptic or saltwater to prevent infection. Never try to cut the wire yourself.
#2: If Your Bracket Becomes Loose
Brackets tend to come loose after eating things that you’re not supposed to, like crunchy or chewy foods. There is a layer of resin covering your tooth that the bracket is set on, and these tough foods can disrupt the stability of the resin. The bracket may move or break as a result.
Make an appointment with our orthodontist in the case of a broken or loose bracket. In the meantime, you can use some orthodontic wax to cover the bracket to prevent it from poking your cheek or tongue.
#3: What To Do If Your Spacers Become Loose
The intention of spacers is to create gaps in your teeth for bands to be placed. If your spacers become loose or fall out, make an appointment with our orthodontist. It is likely that you’re ready to have your bands put on!
Contact Our Orthodontist in Palatine to Learn More
To learn more about caring for your braces, contact our Barrington office at 847-616-8396 or our Palatine office at 847-613-4891 to speak with one of our friendly team members. We are here for you!