Most orthodontic patients know the plight of a broken orthodontic appliance all too well. This common inconvenience is not only bothersome; it can quickly cause discomfort. Appliances such as brackets, bands, spacers and wires can break for several reasons, like eating the wrong foods, sustaining a mouth injury, or even brushing your teeth too vigorously. Not to worry, we are here to see you through! If one of your brackets has broken, follow these steps to make sure it can get fixed without complications.
1. Inspect the Damage
The first step is to check out and assess the area of your mouth with the broken appliance. There are lots of ways to address them, so you don't have to suffer in pain and frustration. Once you find the root of the problem, it is tempting to move things around, but it it's best to contact your dentist or orthodontist and ask for their advice. They might even ask you to take a photo and send it to them if you can do so.