Knowing how to properly handle damaged braces may prevent further complications to your orthodontic treatment.
Whether you’ve just gotten your braces or you’ve been wearing them for a few months, while you can take all the necessary precautions sometimes accidents happen anyway. There are many reasons why braces become damaged or broken. Find out how your Portage, MI orthodontist Dr. Thomas Kwong can help.
Some of the most common problems with braces include:
- Broken brackets
- Broken wires
- Loose braces or bands
- Wires sticking out
If you are dealing with any of these issues it’s important that you call our Portage, MI orthodontic office to see whether you need to come in right away for treatment.
The brackets, which can either be made from metal or ceramics, are the part of the braces that are attached to the front of the tooth. While hard or crunchy foods are typically off limits, if you decide to eat these kinds of foods they can break or damage the resin that holds the brackets on. If this happens, and you are concerned that the broken bracket may poke your gums or tongue, apply a dental wax or sugar-free gum to the brackets before heading over to our Portage office.
Bands are the metal rings that are placed over back teeth. If one of your bands has come loose give our Portage, MI orthodontic office a call. Don’t try to put the band back on yourself, just save the piece and bring it with you.
This is one of the most common issues we see with damaged braces. Wires that stick out or are broken can cause damage to sensitive tissue like cheeks or gums. You can try to use the eraser side of a pencil to push the wire back but if this doesn’t do the trick opt for wax and sugar-free gum to place over the end of the wire to prevent cuts. A broken wire won’t be able to successful move teeth, so this means that you will need to come in right away for repairs.
Don’t ignore broken braces! Receive immediate dental care from your dentist in Portage by calling Kwong Orthodontics today.