Common Problems

You may be able to solve many common problems by yourself until you schedule a repair appointment with our office. These problems need not cause delay in your treatment.

Problem: Loose band or bracket

Solution: If the band or bracket is still attached to wire, leave it in place. If it’s uncomfortable, place wax on it. If it comes out completely, wrap the brace or bracket in tissue.

Problem: Loose wire

Solution: Try to place the wire back in place with tweezers. If that’s not possible, clip wire with fingernail clippers behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If there is any discomfort, place wax on it.

Problem: Poking wire

Solution: Try to push the sticking wire down with a spoon or eraser. If not possible, clip it or place wax on it.

Problem: Lost tiewire or elastic tie

Solution: Notify us, but this is minor problem can often wait until your scheduled appointment.

Problem: Soreness

Solution: Use warm salt water rinses and/or Tylenol® or Ibuprofen.

Problem: Headgear does not fit

Solution: This can be caused by not wearing as prescribed. If facebow is bent, call the office at once.

Problem: Loose appliance

Solution: If appliance is sticking or poking, place wax on it.

If you feel you are unable to handle a problem on your own, please call us as soon as possible 715-359-1910.