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During orthodontic treatment, certain issues can occur, especially if you do not follow Dr. Chris Shannon’s instructions. Things like failing to wear a mouth guard when playing sports or eating foods that you shouldn’t can damage your braces. Keep in mind that your braces may also need fixing at some point even if you try to follow all of our orthodontist’s instructions; accidents do happen. In the case of an orthodontic emergency, call Shannon Orthodontics for an appointment and follow the instructions below to lessen the issue until you can visit our office.

Loose or Lost Band

Orthodontic bands, the metal rings that are cemented around the teeth, can become loose. If this happens, schedule an appointment so that our orthodontist can recement or replace it. In the case that a band comes off entirely, do not try to put it back on yourself. Bring it with you to your appointment.

Protruding or Broken Wire

A protruding or broken wire can hurt your tongue, gums, or cheek. You can try to use a pencil eraser to push the wire into a more comfortable spot. Keep in mind that this may not work. That being the case, place a small amount of orthodontic wax over the end of the wire. Do not cut the wire, as the piece of wire can accidentally be ingested or inhaled. If a poking wire has caused a sore in your mouth, rinse with salt water or an antiseptic rinse. Call us for an appointment.

Loose Spacer

Spacers, small rubber rings, may have been placed in between your teeth to make room for orthodontic bands. If a spacer falls out or slides out of its proper position, make an appointment with us. Your teeth are likely ready to have orthodontic bands placed.

We invite you to contact our office at 863-353-6867 if you would like to learn more and to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist in Davenport, Florida.