There are many things that could cause a broken bracket, including eating chewy or sticky foods, getting hit in the mouth, brushing your teeth incorrectly, or improperly using a toothpick or floss. Broken brackets are common, but it is very important that you manage the situation as much as possible, and you can do so by:
- Checking the bracket and wire: If the bracket is still connected to the wire, leave it there. It’s best that you place orthodontic wax around it so it doesn’t slide around and move. If your bracket is no longer connected to the wire, it’s best to take the bracket out of your mouth and bring it into the office with you during your next appointment.
- Dealing with any poking wires: If there are wires that are poking you, it’s best to clip them as short as possible with fingernail clippers. You can also try putting the wire back into place with a pencil eraser or a Q-Tip.
- Scheduling an appointment: It’s very important that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If you delay fixing the bracket, additional problems could occur and your treatment time could be lengthened.
Call our office today if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment to fix your broken bracket. We are happy to help you get back on the right track toward achieving your perfect smile!