COMMON PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED DURING TREATMENT
Should you have any problems during orthodontic treatment, please contact our practice to seek advice on what to do. It is important that if something feels loose or a bracket comes off, you contact us to arrange to have it repaired before your next scheduled appointment. We have separate appointments to repair broken or loose brackets as there is not always time at your scheduled visits to do this. In addition, leaving brackets loose will delay your orthodontic treatment.
Sometimes a bracket or band may come loose during treatment. This is usually due to eating something that is too hard or sticky while braces are on. When a bracket or band becomes detached from the tooth, the tooth is able to move away from the brace which may result in prolonged treatment if left untreated, and there is a risk of food trapping underneath a loose band which may lead to tooth decay. If you notice a bracket or band has come loose, please contact our practice to arrange an appointment to have this repaired. Do not wait until your next scheduled appointment to have the bracket or band repaired, as there is not always sufficient time at your scheduled appointment to repair breakages.
Loose, broken or poking wire
If you notice a wire is loose or broken, please contact our practice to arrange an appointment to have the wire replaced. Occasionally as teeth straighten, excess wire may protrude from the back of the brace on the last tooth, or a small ligature wire may untuck and become uncomfortable. We will provide you with wax to use for poking wires in the first instance. If wax does not solve the problem, please contact our practice to arrange an appointment to have the wire seen to.
Lost o-ring (colour)
Occasionally a small elastic o-ring (coloured module) around the brace may come off during treatment. If this happens, the bracket and wire are no longer engaged and the tooth may move in an unwanted direction. If you notice an o-ring has come off during treatment, please contact our practice to arrange an appointment to have the o-ring replaced. Do not wait until your next scheduled appointment as unwanted tooth movement can lengthen treatment.
Trauma or accident involving teeth
Occasionally during orthodontic treatment, patients may be involved in an accident which injures their teeth or mouth. If this occurs, please see your dentist as soon as possible to have your teeth assessed for any damage to the teeth, roots, gums and supporting bone. Your dentist will be able to take x-rays to assess any injuries and should arrange follow-up appointments to assess whether the injury has had any effect on the health of your teeth in the long-term. If necessary, your dentist will register the injury with ACC. Please always let us know if you have sustained any trauma to your teeth before or during orthodontic treatment.