Most orthodontic concerns can wait until the office re-opens. Reviewing the suggestions to some common issues below could save you some time and prevent added discomfort—maybe even saving you an extra trip to the office.
Loose Teeth: If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don’t worry; this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth in order to move them into the right position.
Loose Bands or Brackets: Broken or loose braces or appliances may or may not be a problem – call the office to be sure!
Forsus - Patient Repair
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Wire Poking: During treatment wires may shift or bend, which may result in a wire poking. If this happens, cover the area with wax or bend the wire with the eraser end of the pencil. Call the office if the problem continues. We are always happy to answer your questions!
Lost Separators: Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.
Use wax to protect the area. Treatment time may be extended due to broken/loose brackets or bands, poor rubber band wear, poor oral hygiene, or missed appointments
If you have questions or concerns that cannot wait until regular business hours, please call our office number and you will be directed to the assistant on call. These messages are checked on a regular basis and are typically returned within a short period of time.
In the case of broken brackets or appliances, please call our office as soon as possible. This will allow us to determine if we can build in time for repair at your next scheduled appointment (and save your family a trip into the office) or if we need to see you immediately to ease pain or repair sooner and schedule the appropriate amount of time for your care.
Aberdeen Office | 631 S. Roosevelt St., Aberdeen, SD 57401 | Phone: 605-226-3120
Watertown Office | 600 4th St. N.E., Suite 103, Watertown, SD 57201 | Phone: 605-882-1500
Milbank Office | 102 W. 4th Ave., Suite 2, Milbank, SD 57252 | Phone: 605-432-5011
Brookings Office | 604 Medary Ave. S., Brookings, SD 57006 | Phone: 605-692-7063
VanLaecken Orthodontics is an orthodontist based in Eastern South Dakota. We provide the highest quality of orthodontic and temporal mandibular joint treatments including Invisalign. We are the most experienced Invisalign provider in South Dakota.