Posted on March 14, 2023
When you have braces, you must care for them properly so that they remain intact. Unfortunately, accidents can happen, and they may break or become loose. If this happens, it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure your mouth stays healthy and you can repair your orthodontic device.
The first step to take after having broken or loose wires or brackets, is to reach out to your orthodontist. Your dentist will advise you on the best course of action. They may also have emergency services, so you can go on the same day. If not, your orthodontist will ensure you can come in at the earliest possible time.
Orthodontic wax is an important product to have on hand when you wear braces. It can alleviate any irritation or discomfort caused by a broken wire or bracket. The wax will protect your mouth from sharp edges at broken wire points. Make sure you never use any other kind of wax, adhesive, or glue, as they could interfere with the repair.
You may have to trim the sharp ends of broken wires before applying orthodontic wax. Cut off the end for a neat finish. Look out for wires protruding out of the last bracket. Those protruding wires can easily cut into gums and the inner mouth area and cause an infection.
Broken orthodontic devices can make it difficult to eat and drink. Avoid consuming hard, crunchy, sticky, or chewy foods and drinks that can further damage your braces. Stick to soft foods and lukewarm beverages instead.
Rinsing your mouth with a saltwater solution can help reduce pain and inflammation. Mix one teaspoon of table salt in a cup of warm water, swish the solution for about 30 seconds, and then spit it out. Do this several times a day until you can see an orthodontist.
Damage to orthodontic devices can happen for many reasons. You may bite down on something hard or suffer a knock to the mouth while playing sports. Whatever the reason, you should act fast if your braces break. An estimated 50-75% of people could benefit from orthodontic treatment, according to the American Dental Association. With this treatment comes great responsibility, so visit our local orthodontic office today for ongoing care.