The staff here at Renick Orthodontics wants to make your new patient experience as easy as possible so we’ve compiled a step by step guideline for you!
This section will introduce you to the process of getting braces and how to manage them once you have them. You’ll learn about separators and records. You’ll get instructions on how to take care of your braces by cleaning them (proper oral hygiene) and avoiding the wrong foods.
One of the big questions new patients have is "how long?" Tips will be given to shorten your treatment time and avoid things that may extend your treatment time.
Other questions not covered here may be addressed in the FAQs section if you don’t find them here.
YOUR LIFE WITH BRACES
BRACES - THE STORY
As hard as we try to keep your treatment running as smooth as possible, sometimes an emergency visit is unavoidable. The most important thing is to first identify what is a true emergency and what is not. If you are at all unsure, please call the office at 740-936-5003. We would prefer to err on the side of caution than to have a patient in any discomfort.
Poking wires are considered emergencies because they can tear the cheeks, lips, and tongue. Wax may be used on the wire ends. Poking wires are more common with the light, initial wires. The best way to treat this is to prevent it. Ways to avoid this are not to pick at your wires or eat hard or sticky foods that may pull the wire out of the tube.
The first thing you should do is to try to slide the wire back into the tube with tweezers.
You may also clip it with a nail clipper or a wire cutter.
If this doesn’t work or you don’t feel comfortable trying, the patient needs to be seen. If the doctor is present, the wire will be fixed. In the doctor’s absence, the wire will be clipped or removed completely to make the patient comfortable until the next appointment. Any dentist may clip or remove the wire if the orthodontist is not available.
Broken Brackets or Bands
Broken brackets or bands are a complication of orthodontic treatment. Most often, they are caused by improper care of the braces. This includes eating the wrong foods or picking at the appliances. Please note the food tips provided. Because of that, these are often avoidable situations. Brackets may also become loose if the tooth becomes wet during the bonding procedure. Usually, if this is the case, the bracket will pop off before the patient leaves the chair. Sometimes, however, in the case of partially erupted teeth, the bracket did not have enough tooth structure to bond to and the bracket will come off. In this case, it may be an option to allow the tooth to erupt more before rebonding this bracket. Broken brackets are not necessarily an emergency unless they are bothering the patient. The bracket is still tied to the wire and should not be a problem. At an emergency visit, the bracket will be removed, or, if time permitting, repaired at the discretion of the doctor. Wax may be placed on the bracket if the bracket is irritating the patient.
Mouthguards One of the best ways to avoid emergencies is with the use of mouthguards. This is important for patients who participate in any type of sport. We use mouthguards that are specially designed for braces. Please ask us to provide one if necessary. They will protect your teeth, lips, and cheeks.
We ask that if the patient breaks anything, call ahead to notify the office. Repairs often require a longer appointment visit. The doctor will do her best to accommodate the patient and make the repair. However, if not enough time has been set aside, the doctor may remove the broken items and reschedule the patient for the repair. Please note that even if the patient needs to be rescheduled, the patient WILL NOT leave the office in any discomfort.