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West Chester, PA Orthodontic Specialist Gives Advice on Common Braces Issues

There are multiple problems you can run into while wearing braces. The wires, the brackets, the bands, the spacers…there are various parts involved! If something goes wrong, it’s ideal to make an appointment with our West Chester, PA orthodontic specialist for repairs and to check that everything is properly in place. However, in the meantime, there are some steps you can take to handle problems until your appointment:

#1: What To Do If Your Wire Breaks

If your wire breaks, it is no longer effective in moving your teeth. It’s imperative that you make an appointment with our orthodontist to fix this issue. However, a broken wire is usually painful or annoying, as the wire may poke into your cheek or gums and create a sore.

Until you see our orthodontist, try pushing the wire back up with a pencil to secure it. If this doesn’t work, use a bit of orthodontic wax to cover the end. If the wire has already created a sore, rinse with antiseptic or saltwater to prevent infection. Never try to cut the wire yourself.

#2: If Your Bracket Becomes Loose

Brackets tend to come loose after eating things that you’re not supposed to, like crunchy or chewy foods. There is a layer of resin covering your tooth that the bracket is set on, and these tough foods can disrupt the stability of the resin. The bracket may move or break as a result.

Make an appointment with our orthodontist in the case of a broken or loose bracket. In the meantime, you can use some orthodontic wax to cover the bracket to prevent it from poking your cheek or tongue.

#3: What To Do If Your Spacers Become Loose

The intention of spacers is to create gaps in your teeth for bands to be placed. If your spacers become loose or fall out, make an appointment with our orthodontist. It is likely that you’re ready to have your bands put on!

Contact Our West Chester, PA Orthodontic Specialist for More Information or to Schedule an Appointment!

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other orthodontic-related topics, feel free to contact Tamburrino Family Orthodontics by clicking here or by calling 484-730-1921.

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“Wonderful staff … very helpful and answered all of our questions and concerns. Our daughter had a couple of emergencies after hours and the doctors called us personally as well as meeting us at the office to resolve the emergencies. It is rare in this day and age to get this type of service!”

- Julie H.

"Dr. Tamburrino has been great to work with! As an adult in need of braces I was looking for an office that made me feel comfortable and he definitely did. The staff is always friendly, helpful and welcoming. I have broken a bracket or two through my own clumsiness and they have always been able to fit me in to get it fixed right away! My son will need braces in the future and I have no doubt that I will bring him to Dr. T!"

- Lindsay B.

"Dr. T and staff have been a pleasure to work with. My daughter's teeth have turned out beautifully thanks to her hard work and Dr. Ts expertise in his craft. Their hours are super convenient and allowed my daughter not to miss any school or me miss any work. I highly recommend TFO for your orthodontic needs."

- Erin M.

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- Margaret H.

"My family and I just moved to the area (from out of state). My oldest daughter's retainer would not fit after getting her wisdom teeth removed. We were in a pinch, and Dr. Tamburrino went above and beyond to help us out!! They fit us in quickly and resolved our issue even quicker! Could not be more impressed and pleased. Will be taking my younger daughter there as well."

- Michelle P.

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Tamburrino Family Orthodontics.
Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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