Monthly Archives: May 2013

Orthodontic Emergencies

There are very few true orthodontic emergencies. Most problems can be remedied at home. However, if you have a situation that you cannot resolve on your own, call us as soon as possible so we can fit you in for a repair appointment.

Loose or Poking Archwires

If a wire causes irritation, push the wire away from the area using the eraser end of a pencil or a Q-tip. If the wire cannot be tucked away, cover the end of the wire with a small piece of wax or a cotton ball until you can see us for an adjustment.

If the main wire has come out of the tube on the back tooth, attempt to reinsert the wire with a pair of needle-nose pliers or tweezers. If the wire is not sticking you, place a piece of wax over the area. As a last resort, if you cannot come into our office, the wire can be cut with a small wire cutter or fingernail clipper close to the back of the last bracket.

Loose Brackets or Bands

If a bracket becomes loose, it usually remains connected to the main wire by a little colored rubber ring or a small steel ligature tie. Tweezers can be used to reposition the bracket if it flips around the wire and becomes a source of irritation. Call our office and inform us of the problem. If a piece of your braces breaks, save the piece and call our office to schedule a repair visit.

I Have Lost Separators

If a rubber spacer or separator falls out, call our office so we can arrange to replace it. If it happens a day before your appointment to put on braces or bands, it may not need to be replaced.

My Retainer Broke

If a retainer cracks or breaks, remove the retainer from your mouth and bring all the pieces to our office for professional repair.

Traditional Braces vs Invisalign

Braces and Invisalign

  • Effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite
  • Straightens your teeth
  • Same cost


  • Allows you to eat whatever foods you enjoy
  • Lets you remove the device when you want
  • Lets you enjoy virtually invisible teeth straightening
  • Allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal health
  • Consists of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of sharp metal that is more likely to irritate your cheeks and gums

What is an orthodontist?

Get the best smile you can have from an orthodontists’ expertise, which comes from their extensive education. After graduating from dental school, orthodontists continue their education for two or more years just in orthodontics at an accredited orthodontic residency program. After this formal education, one can be called an orthodontist. Only orthodontists are accepted for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), which assures the public that they are selecting an orthodontist.

Orthodontists specialize in moving and aligning your teeth so you can bite, speak, and chew effectively and comfortably. An orthodontist provides expert care and understands how your teeth, jaws, and facial muscles work together, and they use their knowledge to create a healthy bite and a beautiful smile.

There are several treatment options from clear aligners to braces. Only an orthodontist has the knowledge to identify all of the variables in your mouth. When recommending treatments options for you, orthodontists take your needs into consideration. Also, they are highly knowledgeable of orthodontic appliances and know when to use them. If you want a healthy, attractive smile with long lasting results, an orthodontist is the obvious choice!