Broken brackets or loose bands
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.

Poking wires
Call our office. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. In
the meantime use some wax to relieve the area of irritation until we can see you.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment
When you first start orthodontic treatment you will likely feel some pain, soreness, or discomfort. This is because your
teeth are not yet used to moving. Once the cells in your body are stimulated for orthodontic movement you will have
minimal discomfort. You may take Tylenol 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.

My separators came out
Separators make it easier for us to fit bands at the time of banding and bonding of your braces. If you are more than
48 hours away from your band/bond appointment, please call our office to have new separators placed. If separators
come out frequently and readily, then your teeth are probably loose enough for us to fit bands.

I lost my retainer
As we stressed when your braces came off, retention is a lifetime process. If you have lost your retainer, you need to
contact us immediately so a new one can be made for you.


Pam L. (Periodontal patient)
Jun 29, 2014


Due to the severity of my dental needs, my regular dentist referred me to Dr. Engen’s office. Being referred to a periodontal specialist is not something I would wish upon anyone, and it was difficult going to another dentist. However, from the minute I entered their office I was greeted by professional, friendly staff members who acknowledged me with a warm smile and a pleasant, cheerful welcome. The doctors and hygienists demonstrated a high level of expertise and technical competency by effectively communicating the options available to address my dental needs. Each and every staff member I encountered, from the receptionist, to the doctors are extremely dedicated to creating a long term relationship with each one of their patients, including taking the time to educate each patient about oral hygiene. The staff at your office works harmoniously, cooperatively and effectively as a team to make your time with them as productive as possible. I would highly recommend this office to anyone seeking resolution to any dental issues and be assured you will be pleasantly surprised with your time with them.

Paul H.
Jun 29, 2014


Go ahead and shop around, but you won’t find a more competent orthodontist, or a better office environment than you will find here.