If you have a true orthodontic emergency that can't be handled with one of the below suggestions and it's outside our regular office hours please call the office and follow the prompts so we can get back in touch with you. Dr. Parker or one of his team members will return your call as soon as possible.
Please don't wait until you arrive for you next regularly scheduled appointment to let us know about something loose or broken. If we know ahead of time, we can often adjust the length of your appointment to make the repair.
Some of the more common problems are:
Try placing a generously sized piece of wax over the area that's poking. Some wire ends can be tucked out of the way with a pencil eraser. Call the office the next business day and we'll make arrangements for a repair if necessary.
Loose bracket or band:
If the bracket or band is still attached to the wire, it is ok to leave it where it is. If it is irritating, cover it with wax. If you don't have the wax we gave you at the start of treatment, any drug store has wax in the dental section. During regular business hours, please call us so that we can schedule time for a repair.
Wire out of molar tube:
Try to put the wire back into the tube on the molar. Tweezers may be helpful. If you are uncomfortable, place wax over the area and call for an appointment.
Wire shifted or rotated:
Try to slide the wire back around. If it continues to poke you, put some wax over it and call the office for an appointment.