Common Problems During Orthodontic Treatment
Linda J. Krebs, DDS, PhD
Adjusting to braces and other orthodontic treatment
Invisalign and Clear Aligners:
Canker sores and pokey wires:
Loose orthodontic bands:
Issues with orthodontic appliances:
–Retainers should be worn as directed by the doctor, cleaned, and kept in the retainer case when you’re not wearing them. If your retainer is not fitting as it should be or if you lost it please call us right away to prevent any movement!
–Expanders can be fixed to the teeth or attached to a removable retainer and both should be turned as prescribed by the doctor. If you’re having trouble doing you turns, if your fixed expander has become loose, or if your removable expander broke, make sure to call us right away! It’s extreamly rare that a fixed expander becomes loose, so please make sure your not pulling on it with your fingers, tongue, or playing with it.
–Headgear can come in a few different styles. If you wear headgear and notice that it’s not fitting, bent, broken, or you’ve run out of elastics, call our office and we can help.
To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaw can only move toward their connected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed. The patient must also care for the appliances as instructed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.
Foods to avoid:
- Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
- Sticky foods: caramels, gum, taffy
- Hard foods: nuts, candy, granola
- Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can be damaging to the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer. If you think it might break a bracket, try to make it smaller, softer, or just avoid it completely