Orthodontic Concern? We’re here to help!

tips for orthodontic patients

Do you have an Orthodontic concern?  We’re here to help!

We hope each of you and your families are staying well and safe. Amid this unusual and uncertain time, we are committed to staying connected with our family of patients, even as we practice social distancing.  By order of the Governor of the State of Ohio, and with the best interests of our patients and team in mind, we may have to delay orthodontic procedures and adjustments for another 2-4 weeks, or until the risks of coronavirus decline. While orthodontic issues can happen to any patient, it’s more important than ever to take care of your braces now that we’re limited to emergency appointments only.

We understand that our patients may have some questions about their care at this time, so we’re sharing solutions to some of the most common issues you might face as an orthodontic patient.  Read on to learn more.

Non-Emergency Issues

  • Broken Bracket – We know a broken bracket can be an inconvenience, but it’s not an emergency.  You can place orthodontic wax over the bracket if it is spinning.  You can also remove it if you’re easily able to do so.  It’s okay if your tooth moves.  We’ll be able to get everything back into alignment when we reopen.
  • Broken Wire – If a wire breaks and it’s not causing severe discomfort, everything will be okay.  If the wire is small and pokey, place wax over the end to ease discomfort.  If the wire is longer, try inserting it back into the bracket with a pair of tweezers.  If you are unable to do this, clip the wire as close to the bracket as possible using a clean pair of wire cutters or nail clippers.  Click here for a demonstration.
  • Broken Expander – If your expander has fallen out or breaks, please utilize the chat feature in the lower right hand corner of our website.  We will make a decision on a case-by-case basis to determine what needs to be done.  We may ask you to wear it as a retainer or to keep it safe until we can put it back in.
  • Broken Appliance – If your appliance breaks and you are experiencing discomfort, please utilize the chat feature in the lower right hand corner of our website.  We’ll be glad to review your case on an individualized basis.
  • Broken Retainer – We will make you a new retainer when our office reopens.  Place wax over the end to minimize any discomfort.

General Tips

  • If you experience an accident or trauma to your teeth or braces, please let us know right away by chatting with us using the chat box on the lower right hand corner of our website.  If you are in need of orthodontic wax, you can pick some up at any drugstore or big box store in the aisle with toothpaste and toothbrushes.  If you are in need of bands, please reach out to us via our chat feature.
  • Avoid eating sticky, chewy, or hard foods.  Any sugary or acidic foods should be avoided.  Choose water over juices or drinks with sugar.
  • Avoid any activities that might result in dental trauma, such as biking, riding a scooter, or playing contact sports with siblings around the house.
  • Take extra care of your smile, especially if you’re home from work or school.  Extra time means you can focus even more on taking care of your dental health and braces.  Proper brushing and flossing are important, as always.  Without appliances, brushing for two minutes is recommended.  Have an appliance?  Brush for four minutes after every meal.  Listen to a great song for motivation!
If you follow these steps, you can ensure a great first visit back to our office when we reopen.  If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to reach out to us using the chat feature on our website.  We look forward to seeing you back in our offices very soon!



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