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A common orthodontic emergency is a broken braces bracket. Brackets are fragile and can become damaged from several things, including:

– Eating foods that are advised against by our orthodontist
– An injury to the mouth
– Brushing incorrectly in some way
– Flossing too vigorously

In the case of an orthodontic emergency, there are certain first steps that Dr. Skeet Burris, Travis Fiegle & Katie Pluckett recommends that you follow.

Examine the Damage
First, check the extent of the damage. If the bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it in place.

Act
If the bracket is attached, but protruding, use a cotton swab to gently and carefully push it back into place. Orthodontic wax can be used to hold the bracket in its correct position until you can come to Winning Orthodontic Smiles. If the wires are protruding, carefully press them back against the tooth and cover them with orthodontic wax to prevent an oral injury.

Schedule an Appointment
It is very important that you book an appointment with our doctor in Beaufort, South Carolina, as soon as you can to have the bracket repaired. Let us know whether you will be bringing the parts of the bracket with you to your appointment.

Minimize Damage
In the time leading up to your visit, regularly rinse out your mouth with salt water to promote healing. In addition, eat soft foods to avoid further damage to your braces. Avoid foods that are hard or crunchy.

We welcome you to contact our office today at (843) 525-6228 to learn more and to book an appointment.