What do I do if I have a loose bracket or band?
If a bracket, band or wire is loosened, please call our office immediately - (703) 723-5900 (Leesburg) or (540) 667-5446 (Winchester); the brackets may need to be refitted. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, we recommend using fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. You may also need to slide a bracket off at night or over a weekend before you are able to come to our office. Please call our office on the next business day so we can schedule an appointment for you.
What do I do if I have a poking wire?
If the wire is irritating your cheeks or gums, you can move it away from the irritated area by using a cotton swab or eraser. If you cannot move the wire, cover the end of it with a small piece of cotton or wax to relieve irritation. If the wire is still painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you need to cut the wire or cannot resolve the wire irritation, call us for an appointment - (703) 723-5900 (Leesburg) or (540) 667-5446 (Winchester).
What do I do if I lose a separator?
Many patients lose a separator over the course of their treatment. If you lose a separator, call our office to see if it needs to be replaced - (703) 723-5900 (Leesburg) or (540) 667-5446 (Winchester).
What do I do if I feel discomfort following my appointment?
During the first week after your braces are placed and after routine adjustments, you may feel some soreness or discomfort. This is normal, and you do not need to worry. You may want to take acetaminophen or another non-aspirin pain reliever if your teeth are sore after adjustment appointments. You may also wish to use a warm washcloth or heating pad to reduce soreness in the jaws.
If you experience these or any other types of orthodontic emergencies, we encourage you to call our friendly orthodontists and team as soon as possible - (703) 723-5900 (Leesburg) or (540) 667-5446 (Winchester). We are here to provide the care you need!