How to Deal With Broken Braces or Wires
Traditional orthodontic braces are made of stainless steel – one of the strongest materials around. However, there will be instances wherein metal braces can break or certain parts can get damaged.
Whether you are dealing with broken braces or wires, the first thing you have to do is identify which particular part or piece of the orthodontic appliance is broken. You can have a broken, lost, or loose wire, a bracket, band or spacer.
Broken, loose or protruding wire
A wire that isn’t in place or is sticking out will cause irritation and may even injure your gums, tongue, and other areas of your mouth. If this is the problem, push the wire away from the affected area using the eraser end of a pencil or a cotton bud.
If you can’t tuck away the wire, cover its end with a small piece of wax given to you by our team and make sure you schedule an appointment with him or her immediately.
Brackets are metal or ceramic pieces that are attached to each tooth. Composite resin, a material similarly used for some fillings, is used to attach the brackets to each tooth.
This resin can weaken or break if you regularly chew or eat something hard or sticky. This, in turn, can cause a bracket to come loose and poke into your gums, tongue or cheek.
In case you have a loose bracket, cover the bracket with the special wax your orthodontist gave you to prevent it from poking you. For a more permanent fix, see your orthodontist as soon as possible.
Bands are the metal rings or circles that are cemented on the back of your teeth. If a band becomes loose, avoid chewing on the band and call your orthodontist for an appointment. If it comes off completely, keep it and bring it with you when you visit your dentist. You will need to have the band replaced or cemented again.
Loose spacers or separators
Spacers or separators are the rubber rings that are placed in between teeth. They are used to create a small space so that the orthodontic bands will slip onto your teeth easily. Additionally, these rubber rings are typically placed only for a few days. If a spacer falls out or becomes exceptionally loose within these few days, see your orthodontist immediately. This is usually a sign that the spacer has done its job and you are ready for the next step in your orthodontic treatment.
Specialists from Northview Dental of Indiapolis say that most orthodontic or braces-related emergencies are often minor. However, do not hesitate to call or visit Northview Dental of Indianapolis if you feel any discomfort while wearing your braces and if there is a broken, loose, or missing piece.