Call our office as soon as possible if you are having a problem with your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office. By calling us, you will allow us to create sufficient time in our schedule to make better use of the emergency visit. Even if you already have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us of the damage to your braces. Our after hours and weekend telephone message will provide you with an emergency number to call Dr. Cloth in the unlikely event that you need to contact him for a true emergency.
Loose brackets or bands
Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or band is loose so that we may schedule an appointment to repair your braces. Many times a band can be pushed back into place with your finger or the eraser end of a pencil.
Sometimes discomfort caused by a sticking wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small amount of wax or sugar free gum. You can cut the wire if necessary with nail clippers that have been washed. If you cannot resolve a wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.
Discomfort with orthodontic treatment
During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some soreness or discomfort. You may take over-the-counter pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.