Common orthodontic problems may include a poking wire, a loose bracket or band, a loose appliance, or a lost spacer. Here are some tips for certain orthodontic problems.
Loose Bracket or Band
Always call our office to let us know. We may need to adjust the amount of time at your next visit to repair it or bring you in sooner to repair it. If a bracket or band is loose but still on the wire, leave it in place. If it is moving and causing discomfort, cover it with wax. Be sure to first dry the area you are covering with wax.
Cover the poking wire with dental wax. Again, be sure to dry the surface first, then apply the wax. We provide wax to all our patients, but if you run out and need it, you can buy it at most drug stores.
Using a pair of tweezers or needle-nosed pliers (washed and sterilized with alcohol), try to put your wire back into place. It is okay to use a piece of floss to tie the wire into place: tie the floss around the bracket in place of the missing colored o-ring. If you cannot put the wire into a comfortable position, and covering the end with wax doesn’t help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper (washed and sterilized with alcohol) to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which the wire is securely fastened. If the end of the wire is still sharp place wax on it.