What to do in case of emergency
Call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.
Loose brackets or bands
Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.
Sometimes discomfort caused by a 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 piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.
Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replace.
|Loose Band or Bracket||If band or bracket is still attached to wire, leave in place. If uncomfortable, place wax on it. If it comes out completely, wrap brace and bracket in tissue.|
|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 there is any discomfort, place wax on it.|
|Poking Wire||Try to push sticking wire down with a spoon or eraser. If not possible, place wax on it.|
|Lost Tiewire or Elastic Tie||Notify us at your next appointment.|
|Soreness||Use warm salt water rinses and/or Tylenol or Ibuprofen.|
|Headgear Does Not Fit||Sometimes caused by not wearing as prescribed. If facebow is bent, please call the office.|
|Loose Appliance||If appliance is sticking or poking, place wax on it.|
Types of Braces
1. Metal Braces
Metal braces are the most widely used type of braces. They are very strong and can withstand most types of treatment. Unlike the metal braces of the past, today's metal braces are small, more comfortable and more attractive.
2. Clear Braces
Clear or ceramic braces are made of composite material. They are most often chosen by adult patients because they "blend in" with your teeth. Common drawbacks with the clear braces have to do with the ligatures (tiny rubber bands) that hold the arch wire to the brackets. These tend to stain between visits to your orthodontist.
Invisalign are "braces" that consist of strong plastic trays that are fabricated especially for you. Invisalign is for adult patients that have moderate orthodontic problems. Invisalign is truly invisible, no one will know that you are wearing braces.
- "If your child needs braces, Central Florida Orthodontics is the best. The doctors and staff are amazing. The price is so affordable. Aran had to wear braces for a year and half and his teeth look perfect. The team is amazing. Thank you! - Stephanie H."
- "I just got my braces off yesterday! The staff was amazing. Tina took care of me and put me at ease. She was great! - Jacky J."
- "I really like the way they work with people. They are so kind and really do a great job with their patients. I love the way my teeth look! - Evander A."