Posted on 3/10/2019 by First Impressions Orthodontics
Okay, they broke. What to do? Panic!? No, don't panic, everything will be fine. Braces see a lot of hard use. They have to hang tough with your teeth for a long time.
During this time, they rub up against the food you eat, are exposed to lots of pressure, and have a bunch of little parts. Here is what you ought to do if something goes wrong with your braces.
What to Do If Braes Break?
First thing is first, evaluate what happened and try to determine where any missing pieces are. Collect any parts that may have come off. Take a look in the mirror and see if you can tell what may have happened. Once you have taken full inventory of the situation, give us a call at (203) 292-9595.
We have seen just about everything that can happen to braces, so we will probably be able to tell you whether it's an issue that we will have to fix with a same-day appointment, or whether it can wait.
Maybe They Just Need a Tweak Sometimes the brackets will come loose or pop off of the surface of the tooth and need to be re-attached. When a band comes loose, do not try to place it back on the brace yourself. Instead, hang on to the band and bring it with you to have it placed back on the fixture by us.
If a wire breaks and starts poking you, the first step will be to mitigate the irritation that it causes. Use a pencil eraser to push the wire into a position where it doesn't irritate you. Never try to alter braces yourself! Cutting a protruding wire can lead to a number of potentially dangerous issues.
A Rare Occurrence Often, braces have difficulty dealing with very hard or sticky foods. For the most part, if you avoid these you won't experience issues with your braces breaking. They are made to withstand just about every eventuality and have been perfected over many years.