Don't be alarmed if a wire, bracket or band comes loose. This happens occasionally.
If a wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (such as the eraser end of a pencil) and very carefully and gently push the irritating wire into a more comfortable position. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax on the wire to reduce the annoyance.
It's always a good idea to call the office and let us know if any part of your braces comes loose. We may or may not need to bring you in to the office immediately, but we may be able to advise you of a temporary solution until we can repair the appliance. If any piece of your braces comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.
Please refer to the First Aid page of the website for additional temporary solutions to minor orthodontic problems.
It's more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning, or may have permanent "scars" on their teeth as a result of poor hygiene. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.