A broken braces bracket is the most common inconvenience orthodontic patients face when wearing traditional braces. The brackets and wires are fragile and can break for a number of reasons:
- Eating the wrong foods.
- Sustaining an injury to your mouth, according to Arizona-based Frost Orthodontics.
- Brushing teeth incorrectly or too vigorously.
- Using a toothpick or flossing roughly.
If you discover one of your brackets has broken, follow these steps to ensure it can get fixed with no complications.
What's the Damage?
First, check to see if the wire is still attached to the bracket. If so, leave it in place. If it's attached but sticking out, press it gently back into position using a cotton swab. Use orthodontic wax to hold the broken bracket in place in your mouth until you can arrange to see your orthodontist.
If the bracket has come loose, remove it if you can easily and bring it with you to the orthodontist for reattachment.