Problems and Solutions

You may be able to solve many braces problems temporarily by yourself until you schedule a repair appointment with our office.

Problem Home solution
Loose band or bracket If band or bracket is still attached to wire, leave it in place. If uncomfortable, place wax on it.
Loose wire or poking wire Loose wire- Try to place wire back in place with tweezers. If that is not possible, clip wire with fingernail clippers behind last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If any discomfort, place wax on it.  Poking wire- Try to push sticking wire down with a pencil eraser or spoon. If not possible, place wax on it.
Replacing a separator (spacer) Click on the link to be directed to a short, instructional YouTube video.
Lost tie wire or elastic tie Call for an appointment to have it replaced at your next convenience.
Soreness Use warm salt water rinses and ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin).