Patient comfort throughout orthodontic care is our primary concern. Even though you are careful, you may occasionally do some damage to your appliances. Dr. Doppel and the entire team want you to be informed in recognizing uncommon issues that may occur, and to understand how to solve them, at least temporarily, until it is possible to return to our office.
Loose band or bracket: If a band or bracket comes loose from the tooth, please contact us so we can determine if an extra appointment is needed or if repair can be done at the next scheduled appointment. (See Image 1)
Broken arch wire: If a main arch wire breaks, contact us so we can schedule an appointment to replace the arch wire.
Wire out of tube: Using a pair of tweezers, try to insert the wire back into the tube. Use wax in that area if there is any discomfort. Please contact us so we can determine if an extra appointment is needed.
Irritation in Mouth: Sometimes new braces can be irritating to the mouth, especially while eating. A small amount of relief wax makes an excellent buffer between metal and mouth. Simply pinch off a small piece and roll it into a ball the size of a small pea. Flatten the ball and place it completely over the area of the braces causing irritation. If the wax is accidentally ingested it’s not a problem. The wax is harmless. (See Image 2)
Poking wire: Try to tuck the wire back in and out of the way with the blunt end of a toothbrush, a pencil eraser or a Q-tip. If your cheek is irritated in that area, cover the wire with wax. If you are unable to take care of a poking wire, contact us for an appointment. (See Image 3)
Lost Ligature (colored elastic) or wire tie: The loss of a ligature (colored elastic) or a wire tie will not cause discomfort. Please contact us so that it can be replaced at your earliest convenience. (See Image 4)
Lost Spacer: If a spacer (small elastic in between teeth) comes out please contact us so that we can determine if an extra appointment is needed. If a patient arrives with missing spacers and no advance notice was made, the scheduled treatment frequently needs to be re-scheduled. For your convenience, always contact us ahead of the appointment.
Soreness: Some soreness during treatment is to be expected. Warm salt-water rinses and over-the-counter pain medication can be helpful. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the degree of soreness being experienced, please feel free to contact us.
Accidents involving teeth/Direct injuries to mouth: Following a direct injury to the mouth, you should attempt to contact your family dentist. Please contact us after seeing your family dentist or if you are unable to reach that office.
Appointment Times: Please understand that although we try to keep a variety of times available for comfort care appointments our goal is to take care of whatever is causing the discomfort as soon as possible. The appointment time we are able to offer may not be at your “ideal” time and we ask for your understanding.
We understand that when something is causing discomfort you want to have it taken care of as soon as possible. That is our goal as well. There are a few ways that you can help us with that goal and we ask that you read the following information carefully:
We want orthodontic care to be as convenient as possible for you, including these unforeseen comfort issues.