Braces

Check braces once a day for anything loose or bent. If a bracket or band comes loose or you break a wire, please call our office at Orthodontics: Patrick P Chen, DDS, PA Phone Number 972-312-0570 so that we can arrange an appointment to examine it for you. Try to explain what has happened by using the diagram provided.  If you lose your rubber bands, call us so we can mail you some more or drop by the office and pick some up.

Sore Teeth

Oral Hygiene Overview

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After braces are placed in the mouth it is normal for the teeth to be sore for about 2 – 5 days. Tylenol or Advil will help relieve this discomfort. Some irritation to the cheeks and tongue is normal, but if you feel anything sharp is poking you or any sores are developing, please call our office at Orthodontics: Patrick P Chen, DDS, PA Phone Number 972-312-0570 .

Elastics

Attached to your braces, elastics (rubber bands) exert the proper force that creates the right amount of pressure to move teeth. In order for this force to remain constant, elastics must be worn all the time and changed every day. Any time missed in wearing your elastics will only make your treatment take longer, so remember these things:

  • You are responsible for placing the elastics on your braces between appointments. Make sure to wear them as instructed. Remove them only when your are eating or brushing your teeth. Then put them back on immediately.
  • Always carry a few elastics with you, so if one breaks you can replace it right away. If your supply is low, call the office at Orthodontics: Patrick P Chen, DDS, PA Phone Number 972-312-0570 and we will mail you an additional bag of elastics.
  • If you forget to wear your elastics one day, don’t double up the next day — just follow your regular instructions.
  • Elastics become worn out. When they lose their elasticity, they don’t provide the proper pressure on your teeth and jaws. It is very important to change them at least once a day, even when they are not broken.