Loose band or bracket
Please call Dr. Jung’s office to set up an appointment to have it repaired. If a loose band or bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it in place. If it's uncomfortable, place wax on it. If it comes out completely, wrap it in a tissue and bring it to your next appointment.
If your wire comes loose, try to move it back into place with tweezers. If you can't do that, clip it with nail clippers behind the last tooth to which it's securely fastened. If the wire is uncomfortable, place wax on it. Please call our office to set up an appointment for the wire to be replaced.
Loose or poking wire tie
Sometimes a wire tie can poke the inside of your mouth. If it does, gently tuck the wire back in place with a pencil eraser or a popsicle stick. If you can't push it back into place, cover the end with a piece of wax until you can come into the office. . Rinsing your mouth with salt water can help to heal the irritation.
Lost elastic ties or Power Chain
If you lose one of the colored rubber bands on your braces, all you need to do is notify us at your next visit. As long as the wire remains in the other braces, a bracket without an elastic tie or power chain is not a problem. Unless it becomes uncomfortable, you do not need to see us before your next scheduled appointment.
Irritation from braces or appliances
Sometimes your appliances can cause irritations on your tongue, cheeks, lips, or gums. Rinsing your mouth with salt water can help to heal the irritation and wax can be used to cover the appliance causing the irritation. If you are experiencing discomfort or pain from your appliance because it is loose, please call our office as soon as possible. Remember: no hard or sticky foods!
Discomfort from wires, hooks, rough edges, or ligatures
When you first get your braces or after an adjustment, you may feel sharp edges or small projections that are difficult to get used to. Your doctor or staff will give you soft orthodontic wax which can be purchased at most major drug stores. Pinch off a small piece of wax and roll it into a little ball. Dry the area off with cotton or tissue and place it on the irritated area and push firmly in place. Remove the wax when eating or brushing. . Rinsing your mouth with salt water can help to heal the irritation
Lost or broken retainers
If you lose or break your retainer, please call Dr. Jung’s office as soon as you can so that a new retainer can be made.
Expansion appliance loose or broken
If one or both bands on the back teeth are loose, please call us during business hours. Be extra careful when chewing so not to dislodge the band. If you are experiencing discomfort or pain from your appliance because it is loose, please call our office as soon as possible. Remember: no hard or sticky foods!