The Smith Ortho Process
Losing a separator during treatment is common. If one of yours comes out, please call our office at (316) 634-1230 so we can determine if it needs to be replaced.
MORE THAN A SMILE
If your teeth are sore after a visit, feel free to take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers until your mouth adjusts to your braces. You can also try placing a warm washcloth or heating pad on your jaw, or rinsing your mouth with warm salt water.
Have Issues With Your Dental Wires?
When Dr. Brian places your braces, he will send you home with wax that you can use to help alleviate and avoid soreness and act as a barrier between your dental wires and your cheek and gums.
If your wire is irritating your gums or cheeks, try moving it away from the irritated area with an eraser or cotton swab. If necessary, you can also cut the wire with nail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol.
Do Your Brackets or Wire Seem Off?
Loose Bracket or Wire
If a bracket or your main wire becomes loose, please call our office at (316) 634-1230, and we will schedule an appointment to repair your appliance as soon as possible.
In the meantime, if the wire needs to be cut or the bracket needs to come off of the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol.
Need Emergency Care?
As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.
You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with our office.
When working with your appliances, you need to know the names of the parts of your appliances so you are able to identify what part is broken or out of place.
After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions to your treatment plan.