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If You Have A Problem, Don't Panic

You may be able to solve many braces problems temporarily by yourself until you schedule a repair appointment with our office. These problems need not cause delay in your treatment. Any time that you feel that you are unable to handle any orthodontic problem comfortably, please call us—we are at your service.

Loose Band or Bracket

If the band or bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it in place. If it's uncomfortable, place orthodontic wax or sugarless gum on it. Sometimes you can remove the rubber tie with tweezers, allowing you to detach the bracket from the wire.

Loose Wire

Try to push the wire back into place using tweezers. If that is not possible, clip the wire with fingernail clippers or small wire cutters behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If it's causing discomfort, place orthodontic wax or sugarless gum on it.

Poking Wire

Place orthodontic wax or sugarless gum on the wire. 


There may be soreness for several days after each office visit. Carefully chew on sugarless gum after adjustments to minimize soreness. Use warm salt water rinses and/or Tylenol, or ibuprofen as needed.

Loose Appliance

If the appliance is sticking or poking you, place orthodontic wax or sugarless gum on it to stabilize it.

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