How to Handle a Broken Bracket

Your braces are composed of small metal brackets fixed to each tooth, but sometimes, regardless of how careful a patient is, a bracket may break off. If you find yourself in this position, don’t panic! While it’s frustrating to experience an unexpected speed bump on your journey to a straighter smile, it’s a common occurrence in the world of orthodontics. If you have broken a bracket off your braces in Brooklyn, NY, here’s what we recommend.  

What Causes Broken Brackets?

Broken brackets are typically the result of eating certain foods such as nuts, popcorn, sticky candies, caramels, etc. Other reasons this may occur include sustaining a mouth injury, brushing the teeth too hard or using a toothpick. 

Inspect the Damage

First things first, you’ll want to inspect the damage and determine whether or not the bracket still has contact with the wire. If it does, you’ll want to keep it in place and stabilize it; you can do so by utilizing orthodontic wax. In the case that the bracket has come completely off your tooth, make sure to store it in a safe place so you don’t lose it before visiting Dr. Mohamed AlJanabi for an appointment. Bring the bracket with you so we can help reattach it.

Check for Excess Wire

In some cases, a broken bracket may result in a wire that protrudes out of place. This can be irritating to the inside of the mouth and cause small cuts or irritation. If this is the case, it’s ideal to clip the wire with a nail clipper. Aim to cut the wire as close to the bracket as possible to avoid further damage. 

Finally, the most important step to take after breaking a bracket is to schedule an appointment with Dr. AlJanabi. Our team is equipped to swiftly secure the bracket onto the tooth. Don’t hesitate to reach out to schedule an appointment!

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