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Your Braces Came Off! What Should You Do Next?

Why do braces become loose or break?

Wires, bands, and braces can fall off or break at times. Generally, this is caused by eating sticky foods or chewing hard. Usually, one of the parts will come loose and this can cause some sort of discomfort.

Common issues with braces compose of broken wires, loose braces, broken brackets or braces, wires sticking out, and loose bands.

What should you do when wire pops out of your braces?

It is advisable to contact and address the problem immediately. We at Hawaii Family Dental open our lines for dental emergencies. Our emergency dentist will help address your issue as soon as possible to relieve you from pain and save your from more complicated procedures, as well as, more expensive treatments.

Although there are cases when the patient may be able to fix the issue by herself or himself till his or her next dental visit, the most advisable thing to do when the bracket breaks, falls off, or comes loose is to call the orthodontist. At Hawaii Family Dental, our orthodontist will check your mouth in order to decide the best treatment or repair to fix the brace.

In the same way, we are also equipped with the necessary tools and is of course very much adept at making the required fix.

What if I cannot visit the dentist immediately?

In case it is not possible for you to visit the orthodontist at once, it is advisable to perform a temporary fix to relieve the discomfort and prevent more complications by means of using sterile or hygienic tweezers to slide the brace along the wire till it is between the two teeth.

Afterward, rotate the bracket back to the appropriate position and slide it back into the middle of the tooth. Take note that this is merely a temporary fix to give you a relief until you visit the orthodontist which must be as soon as possible.

When to visit the dentist as soon as possible?

Meanwhile, for cases of injury specifically, if a blow on the mouth caused the issue, it is recommendable to seek help immediately. The orthodontist will enable the patient to know if he or she requires immediate attention or if the issue can wait until the next dental visit.

In addition, loose bands, wires or broken brackets take some to time to fix. At times, the orthodontist will reattach, reposition or adjust the existing brackets or wires. On the other hand, there are times when the orthodontist will decide to replace the wires or brackets.

In case the patient does not really suffer from any discomfort and the issue does not or won’t interfere with the treatment, the orthodontist may decide to postpone repairs till the patient’s next regular dental appointment.

In some cases, the patient may contact the dental office prior his or her regular appointment. See to it that there enough time is scheduled to finish and fully settle the repairs.

In case the patient experiences trauma to the mouth and face or she or he feels that emergency care is especially needed, there is no other way but to seek emergency dental care and call the orthodontist right away or go directly to the dental office.

On the other hand, if minor issues are encountered, the patient can just simply call the dental office and ask what specific course of actions to take. It is best to have the dental office’s contact information on hand at all times.

Hawaii Family Dental has been providing dental services to the whole state of Hawaii since 1986.

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Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.

References:

  • https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/adult-orthodontics/four-steps-to-fixing-a-broken-braces-bracket-0914
  • https://www.fredbraces.com/loose-broken-wires/
  • https://www.emergencydentistsusa.com/broken-braces-and-brace-wires/
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