Damage Control for a Broken Bracket

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A common orthodontic emergency is a broken braces bracket. Brackets often become damaged because they are fragile and can become damaged from several things, including:

– Eating foods that can be damaging to braces
– An injury to the mouth
– Brushing teeth too vigorously or incorrectly in some way
– Using a toothpick
– Flossing too vigorously

In the case of an orthodontic emergency, there are certain steps that Dr. Mark Padilla recommends that you follow.

Examine the Damage
The first thing you need to do is check the extent of the damage. If the bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it in place.

Take Action
If the bracket is attached, but is sticking out, use a cotton swab to gently push it back into place. Orthodontic wax can be used to hold the bracket in its correct position until you can come to MP Orthodontics. If the wires are protruding, press them back against the tooth and cover them with orthodontic wax to prevent injury to the inside of your mouth.

Schedule an Appointment
We urge you to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist in Plano, Texas, as soon as you can to have the bracket repaired. Let us know whether or not you will be bringing the parts of the bracket with you to your appointment.

Minimize Damage
In the time leading up to your appointment, regularly rinse out your mouth with salt water to promote healing. In addition, eat soft foods to avoid further damage to your braces. Avoid foods that are crunchy or hard.

We welcome you to contact our office today at 214-474-3193 to learn more and to schedule an appointment.