Your First Week
What To Do If You Have Loose Or Broken Braces
Which are cemented directly onto the tooth surface occasionally will become loose. Please call our office to schedule a time to recement the bracket. Repairs require more time and are done before 2:00 PM. Please bring the bracket with you if it is off the wire.
Small rubber bands of various sizes that are hooked between different points on the braces to provide pres- sure to move the teeth. The length of treatment and the quality of the end result will be greatly influenced by how well they are worn. The elastics must be worn 24 Hours a day (except eating and brushing) and changed daily. Always Carry Extra Elastics With You. If you are running low on your supply of elastics, please call us. We will be happy to mail some to you, or you can stop by the office.
Main Arch Wires
The tracks along which your teeth will move. Your teeth will not move and your treatment will not progress if your arch wire is broken or removed. The main arch wires will be continually changed throughout treatment to keep teeth moving into their proper positions.
Thin rings of metal may be cemented around your first molars. If a molar band becomes loose, please call our office for an appointment to have the band recemented. Please bring the band with you if it has fallen off completely.
Successful Treatment Depends On You
Length Of Treatment
- severity of the problem
- patient cooperation in wearing headgear, elastic bands, and other appliances as prescribed, and
- keeping scheduled appointments.
Please Note: Braces DO NOT cause cavities or white spots on your teeth. Poor brushing and flossing habits combined with too many “sweets” DO cause cavities. Keep your teeth and gums clean and cut down on the soda and candy.
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