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Most of the time when you wear your braces, you won’t experience problems. But on the occasion when something does go awry, do you know what to do? Today we are going to look at just a few issues that may crop up while you are aligning your smile.

Of course, we encourage you to call us so we can get you in and fix the problem. Sometimes it can wait until your next appointment, and sometimes it can’t. Meanwhile, there are some things you can do to be comfortable until you can be seen. Let’s take a look at some common issues that may crop up while you are wearing braces.

–Is a wire is poking your cheeks? In this situation, you can use something with a spongy tip to flatten the wire against the tooth. Pencil erasers or Q-tips can be used to do the trick. You can also press orthodontic wax over the wire so that it doesn’t rub or irritate your soft tissues.

–Has a bracket come loose? If this happens you can place wax over the bracket. If the bracket falls off, put it in a safe place and give it to us during your next scheduled appointment.

–Has an archwire come out of the bracket? Simply insert the wire into the tube using tweezers. You can also place wax on it to reduce contact with soft tissue.

–Has a coil spring comes off? Keep the spring and call our office. If you need to be seen we will get you in, otherwise, it may be put back on during your next scheduled visit.

Dr. Darrell Spilsbury and our skilled team at Spilsbury Orthodontics are here to help. Please call 702-434-0063 in Henderson, Nevada if you have any questions or concerns about your smile in braces.

Should an issue arise while you are aligning your smile, don’t delay treatment. Let us know so that you don’t end up causing your treatment time to be extended. We are always here for you on your journey to a straightened smile!