The good news is that the answer to that question is almost never. Now don’t get me wrong, things can happen that require attention, but in most instances, what is required is a modification to your next visit, not an immediate trip to the office.
The wires and brackets that make up your braces may occasionally loosen or break. Typically we see this in cases when foods that are hard or sticky have been eaten, or sports related injuries have occurred. If this happens, the first thing to remember is, DON’T PANIC! Broken brackets and wires happen from time to time. We understand this and are prepared to address it. In most instances, your next regularly scheduled appointment can be moved to accommodate the repair, it would simply need to be rescheduled to provide sufficientÂ time for the correction.
Since you may be uncomfortable, we recommend that you cover the loose bracket or wire with the soft wax that we gave you when your braces were first put on. Remember that the area should be dried off as much as possible before the wax is applied. It does fall off fairly easily, so keep the wax handy so that you can reapply as needed. This should do the trick until we see you atÂ your next appointment when the repair will be done.
Loose Bracket Covered with Wax
Poking Wire Covered with Wax
Once you are comfortable, please contact us so that we can make the necessary changes to your next planned appointment. Patty will be happy to help you with that.Â Damaged appliances can increase the length of time that your treatment requires, so be sure to take care of all your appliances, limit breakage, and notify us of any needed repairs.
If a more serious injury has occurred, don’t hesitate to contact us right away. We will get you in ASAP toÂ make you comfortable.