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What to Do if a Bracket or Wire Breaks

Published May 15, 2024

Orthodontic emergencies can be a real pain—literally and figuratively. But don’t worry! If you find yourself with a broken bracket or wire, Dr. Ortiz at Pearls Orthodontics in Pflugerville, TX, has you covered. Here’s what you need to know to handle the situation calmly and effectively.

Assess the Situation

Firstly, stay calm. Orthodontic emergencies are rarely dire, but they can cause discomfort and disrupt your treatment if not addressed promptly. So, take a close look at the damage:

Broken Bracket: If a bracket has come loose from your tooth but is still attached to the wire, gently move it back into place, and secure with orthodontic wax. If it’s completely detached, keep it safe and bring it to your next appointment.

Poking Wire: If a wire is sticking out and irritating your cheek or gums, use the eraser end of a pencil to push it back into place. If that’s not possible, cover the end with orthodontic wax to prevent irritation.

Immediate Relief Tips

To alleviate discomfort and prevent further damage, try these quick fixes:

Orthodontic Wax: Cover any sharp edges of brackets or wires with orthodontic wax. This will protect your cheeks, lips, and gums from irritation.

Pain Relief: Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can help manage any pain or swelling.

Saltwater Rinse: Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can soothe any sore spots and keep the area clean.

When to Call Dr. Ortiz

While minor issues can often be managed at home, some situations require professional attention. Certainly, contact Pearls Orthodontics if:

  • The broken bracket or wire causes significant pain.
  • You can’t reposition the bracket or wire.
  • A wire has broken or is severely bent.
  • You’re worried about the impact on your treatment.

Give us a call and Dr. Ortiz will guide you on the next steps and schedule an appointment if necessary.

Preventing Future Breakages

Still, to minimize the risk of broken brackets or wires, avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that can damage your braces. Also, be mindful of habits like chewing on pens or biting your nails, which can also lead to breakages.

Expert Care at Pearls Orthodontics in Pflugerville, TX

At Pearls Orthodontics in Pflugerville, TX, Dr. Ortiz and our team are dedicated to ensuring your orthodontic journey is as smooth as possible. We understand that mishaps happen, but with a bit of knowledge and the right steps, you can handle them with ease. If you encounter any issues with your braces, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to support you every step of the way!

Remember, staying on top of your orthodontic care ensures you achieve that perfect smile you’ve been working towards. For any concerns or to schedule a visit, contact Pearls Orthodontics today. Let’s keep your smile journey on track!

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