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Caring For Braces

It’s important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. Learn to recognize what your appliances look like when they are in good shape so you’ll know when something has moved out of place. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair. Here are some tips for caring for braces.


Caring for Your Appliances

caring for bracesPatient cooperation is a big part of successful orthodontic treatment. Please be sure to wear your appliance as prescribed, including your rubber bands, headgear, retainer or other appliance. If not, your treatment will be delayed and take longer to complete.

Also be sure to take care of your appliances. Avoid the foods listed in the Brace Watcher’s Diet section. Broken appliances require additional repair appointments and may incur additional fees. Sometimes broken appliances cause unwanted tooth movement, and ultimately, delayed treatment.

We understand that appliances occasionally do break – even when you are eating carefully. Take care of your appliances and your treatment should run smoothly!


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 sooner than your next appointment. 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 with hot soapy water and then wiped with an alcohol-soaked gauze or cotton ball. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.