Broken brackets are inconvenient and sometimes painful. They can even prolong your orthodontic treatment if you don’t get them taken care of as soon as possible. So, to help you make the best out of the situation before you see your orthodontist, we strongly recommend doing the following things:
No. 1: Find out if the bracket is still attached to the wire. If the bracket is still attached, place orthodontic wax around it so it doesn’t move or slide. If it’s not, take the bracket out of your mouth and bring it into the office with you during your next appointment.
No. 2: Fix any broken wires that are poking or bothering you. You can do so by clipping the wire with fingernail clippers. Make sure you clip as close to the base as possible. You can also try fixing the wire by bending it back into place with a Q-Tip or pencil eraser.
No. 3: Schedule an appointment. It’s best to see your orthodontist as soon as possible after you’ve broken your bracket. However, if your next appointment is coming up in the next couple of days, you can just wait until then to get it fixed. If you don’t get the bracket fixed within a few days, it could prolong your treatment and cause additional problems with your appliance.
For more information about your broken bracket or if you would like additional help, please call our office today and talk to a member of our team. We are happy to assist you in any way possible!