What to Do When Your Brackets Break

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Your braces in Coral Springs are made from sturdy metal that doesn’t break easily. Unfortunately, despite their strength and toughness, they can still fail. Broken brackets not only create inconvenience but also cause a great deal of discomfort.  

Brackets can break for several reasons, such as brushing your teeth too hard or eating crunchy and hard foods. Sometimes the adhesive will just simply fail. If this happens to you, don’t panic. There are simple ways to solve the problem.

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What to Do When Your Brackets Get Damaged  

Check the Damage

The first thing you should do is assess the damage. The moment you identify the cause of the problem, call your orthodontist right away. Your orthodontist will listen to you and give you clear instructions on what to do next.

Be In Control

If your bracket comes loose, you unfortunately can’t cement it back in place on your own, but there are a few things you can do to minimize the discomfort. Check if it’s still attached to the wire, and if it is, you can temporarily apply orthodontic wax to keep the bracket in its place.

A broken wire can stick out and cause pain because of its sharp end. While you wait for your orthodontist to fix it, cover the pointed end with orthodontic wax to prevent it from rubbing against the inner cheeks of your mouth.  

Book an Appointment

For tolerable discomfort, you may call the clinic and book an appointment. A broken bracket is not considered a dental emergency. Therefore, it can wait until regular office hours.

However, it’s essential to let your orthodontist know as soon as it happens so they can assess if it needs to be repaired ASAP. The longer you wait to have it repaired, the more delayed your treatment is going to be.

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Are Your Braces in Coral Springs Broken?

Whether it’s a loose bracket or a bent wire, let us know, and we’ll fix it for you. At TLC Dental & Orthodontics, we offer a wide range of dental services to help improve your oral health. Call us today for an appointment or if you wish to learn more about our services.

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