We want you to be prepared for the little "emergencies" that can happen when wearing braces. Most issues or mishaps with braces can be fixed at home or school. Your school nurse is likely experienced in handling issues with braces. It's unlikely any incident involving braces would cause your child to have to leave school.
Your Braces Tool Kit
These are items you should have handy at home for temporary fixes between appointments:
- Non-medicated orthodontic relief wax (always available at our front desk!)
- Dental floss
- Sterile tweezers
- Small, sharp clipper
- Interproximal brush
- Non-prescription pain reliever
- Topical anesthetic (such as Orabase or Ora-Gel)
Call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.
Loose Brackets or Bands
Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.
Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.
Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.
Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment
During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.
We have had great results. Your team has great skills and have had provided the best services we could have asked for.– Kimmy Waldrup
I came here when I was a kid and got such great service that I brought my own daughter here and was extremely impressed with how well everything was done.– Connie Garland
What a wonderful and talented group of people. I’m a lucky patient!- Stevi Johnson
Very friendly staff. Appointments were always on time with very little wait time.- Lynn Vonder Haar
Both of my kids have had braces here and would go nowhere else. I have told everyone to come here.- Kelly White
From the moment I walked into Dr. Hite’s office, everyone went above and beyond to make me feel as comfortable as possible.- John Alvarado
1419 Lewis Road, Ste. 1(618) 692-1044
2219 W Randolph Street(618) 692-1044
After careful consideration, we have decided to merge both the Granite City and Glen Carbon practices. By combining the two offices we are making a commitment to provide ALL of our patients with the highest technological advancements available for the treatment of orthodontics.