First Aid - Solutions to Minor Problems


In case of an injury involving the face, mouth, or teeth you should first CONTACT YOUR FAMILY DENTIST OR AN EMERGENCY ROOM to care for any lacerations or loose teeth.  Only after necessary x-rays or treatment, contact us for appliance repair.

Lost, Loose or Broken Items

Although more that 80% of our patients go through treatment without ever having a problem arise, if you need us we have several times each day set aside to accommodate you. Please call the office at 330.650.0880 and we will be happy to set up an appointment. Below are common problems which can be addressed after hours or until you reach us. 

Loose or Poking Wires

If a pokingwire1wire causes irritation, push the wire away from the area using the eraser end of a pencil or a Q-Tip. If the wire cannot be tucked away, cover the end of the wire with a small piece of wax, until you can see us for an adjustment. Call our office for a mutually convenient time to fix your "poker."

If the main wire has come out of the tube on your back tooth, attempt to reinsert the wire with a pair of needle-nosed pliers or tweezers. If the wire is not sticking you, place a piece of wax over the area. As a last resort, if you cannot come into our office, the wire can be cut with a small wire cutter or toenail clipper close to the back of the last brace.


Loose or Broken Brackets

Loose brackets will delay your treatment time. A loose bracket means this tooth is now no longer in treatment. The sooner the appointment, the sooner the tooth is back with the others in treatment.

Repairing loose brackets requires additional attention at your appointment.  Notifying us in advance allows the office to prepare for additional attention to solve your problem. Without prior notification it is possible we may have to reschedule your appointment to respect your allotted time as well as other patient's scheduled appointment times.

Keep the tooth underneath the bracket clean while waiting for it to be repaired. It usually remains connected to the main wire. Eyebrow tweezers can be used to reposition the brace if it flips around the wire and becomes a source of irritation or use wax to keep it in place.  

Lost Separators

In case a rubber spacer falls out, take two pieces of dental floss and insert them through the spacer. Pull on both pieces of floss to stretch the spacer, and then slide the spacer back and forth between the two teeth where it belongs. Once the bottom half of the spacer slips under the tight spot between the teeth, release and remove the floss and the spacer will fit back properly.


Broken Retainer

If a removable retainer cracks, remove the retainer from your mouth and bring all the pieces to our office for professional repair. If you have a "positioner" (the mouthguard type appliance) use it as a backup until your repair is complete.

If a fixed retainer is loose or broken, use wax on sharp or scratchy parts irritating your cheeks or tongue. Immediately contact us to have the appliance removed and repaired.

Loose Bands

bandBands (though rarely used) are metal rings around your back teeth.  should your band come loose, contact our office immediately.   If your band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it if necessary. If the wire comes out entirely, and the band comes off, save the band to bring to your repair appointment.

Loose Appliance

If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.  Call us to have it adjusted for comfort.

Lost or Broken Retainer

Whether you have a clear aligner or a retainer with a wire in the front, if it is not fitting the same as the day we gave it to you, call the office for an appointment.  The longer you go without the retainer the better the chance of tooth movement.  We can adjust, trim and fabricate a new retainer to keep your beautiful smile. 


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