We’re so glad to have you as part of our family! If you have any questions or concerns, always feel free to call us. We're here for you.

Braces care:

Taking care of your braces is important for the most efficient and effective treatment (that is, you’ll get them off faster!)

Here’s how.
1) Brush twice a day for at least two minutes. Floss once a day.
2) See your dentist every four months.
3) Avoid eating or chewing on these braces-busting items: sticky candy, hard candy, nuts, popcorn, ice, pens/pencils, fingernails.
4) Wear your rubberbands and other appliances just how Dr. Bonner instructs you. If you forget how or lose them, please call ASAP.

Emergencies and common troubleshooting:

Loose bracket:
Since the bracket is tied into the wire, you will notice it sliding along the wire. This is not an emergency, but you should have it repaired within a week. Call our office to schedule an appointment to have it repaired during regular business hours. If it's bothering your cheek, try placing wax on the bracket until it can be repaired. We will do our best to see you very soon.

Loose band with braces:
You will know a band is loose if it moves up and down on your tooth. This can usually be repaired at your next regularly scheduled appointment if you have braces on as well. However, please call us when you notice a loose band, just in case.

Loose band with expander, holding arch, or space maintainer:
This needs to be repaired within the week. Please call us to schedule an appointment during regular business hours. If the expander, holding arch, or space maintainer comes all the way off, please keep it and bring it to that appointment.

Wire poking your cheek:
This is common in the early months of braces, because as the wire straightens your teeth, the extra length goes out the back of your last bracket. Call our office and schedule a time that is convenient for you to come in so we can clip the wire. Place wax over the wire until you are able to come in. We’ll do our best to see you ASAP.

Misplaced retainer or Invisalign tray:
It happens! Please call our office and we can direct you as to what should be done next.

Separator came out:
If it is within three days of your next appointment, nothing needs to be done. If it is more than four days away from your next appointment, please call the office so we may guide you in putting another back in, or you can schedule a time for us to replace it.

Orthodontic pain and discomfort:
The first three to five days after getting braces on, and after an adjustment, your teeth will be sore. Eating softer foods, smaller bites, and taking over the counter pain medication will help get you through this period. When you first get braces on, your cheeks may develop little sores. Place wax over the brackets to help soothe the sore cheek. A topical anesthetic (like Orabase) placed on the sore can help provide temporary relief. Your cheeks will eventually build up calluses, and this will soon be a rare occurrence.

Injuries:
If you get injured in the face or mouth, it is important to seek medical care. Home care is not advised. Your general dentist and Dr. Bonner need to know about your injury to make sure your teeth and braces are in good condition.

What to expect:

Before treatment: Some patients will need other dental evaluations prior to starting orthodontic treatment. Some patients will be put into periodic observation to time their treatment appropriately, and some patients will be ready to start treatment right away. Our top priority is your dental health.

During treatment: Your braces need to be adjusted every six to eight weeks. These appointments keep us moving towards the end goal. Missed appointments will extend the overall treatment time. At each appointment, Dr. Bonner will evaluate your teeth, jaws, and gums to determine what specific adjustment needs to be done; some patients will start treatment and need to be re-evaluated to determine a final treatment plan. If you have any questions or concerns during treatment, please ask!

After treatment: When the braces are removed, you will be given retainers. These retainers are crucial to keeping the results of your hard work and investment. Retainers are worn for life, or until you don’t want straight teeth anymore. Without retainers, your teeth will move back towards where they were when we started treatment. Dr. Bonner will need to see you at six months, one year, and two years after you start wearing your retainers. These visits are free (unless you need a new retainer fabricated.)

Once a patient, you are always part of our family. If you have any concerns, even if you have been out of braces for 10 years, please come see us!