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Braces in Chapel Hill & Pittsboro, NC – Advice On Common Issues

There are a lot of problems you can run into while wearing braces. The wires, the brackets, the bands, the spacers…there are so many parts involved! If something goes wrong, it’s ideal to make an appointment with our orthodontists for repairs for braces in Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, NC, 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 team 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 one of our orthodontists, 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 team 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, call one of our offices to schedule an appointment. It is likely that you’re ready to have your bands put on!

Contact Our Orthodontists for More Information on Braces in Chapel Hill & Pittsboro, NC

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 topics, feel free to contact the practice of Dr. Tammy R. Severt by clicking here or by calling 919-929-2365.

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"Dr. Severt and her staff are incredible. They have always been very professional and caring of your needs. She has handled dental care for my daughter and me. If you are in need of dental care, then I highly recommend this team."

- Sonia L.

"My family has been well served by Dr. Severt and her team for a few years now. I am grateful that they have been a part of watching our kids mature over the course of their orthodontic treatment. They provide great results for adults, too!"

- Kelly B.

"Both of my girls had orthodontic treatment with Dr. Severt and both experiences were great. The office staff are friendly and helpful. We never had a difficult time getting an appointment when we needed one and their payment plan made treatment affordable for our family. We highly recommend Dr. Severt!"

- T. Jones

"Dr. Severt is the best and her staff is first rate. Everyone is friendly and patient. My daughter feels very comfortable whenever she visits."

- Jim M.

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Tammy Severt DDS. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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