Many people need braces, and sometimes, braces break. Common issues include broken archwires, wires that stick out from the last bracket, and "floating" brackets. These are still on the wire, but away from the tooth. How do breaks happen? What should you do? Cibolo Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics has some answers for you.
Why Braces Break
Braces can break for a few reasons. The most common is that you’ve eaten something crunchy, sticky, or hard. There are specific foods we don’t recommend for people with braces, like hard candy, popcorn, bagels, nuts, and gum. Parts of the braces can break while you’re eating. This food also makes cleaning your teeth more challenging. While trying to get stuck food out of your teeth with a toothpick, you can cause breaks.
If you play sports, braces can become damaged if you’re hit in the face. The braces can not only break but cause injury to the mouth. Those wires can be sharp. That’s why we recommend wearing a properly fitted mouthguard to protect your teeth.
What to Do if Your Braces Break
Broken braces are uncomfortable and sometimes painful, so you want to call our office right away. We'll schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. In the meantime, take a closer look at the damage. If the wire is still attached, leave it alone. If the wire is sticking out and poking you, clip it with nail clippers as close to your teeth as you can. Hold a tissue around the wire as you clip so you don’t accidentally swallow the metal.
If the bracket is still attached but sticking out, you can push it back into place with a cotton swab. To hold the broken bracket in its proper position, use orthodontic wax. If the bracket has come completely loose, you’ll want to remove it and keep track of it. Bring it to the appointment to be reattached.
Quality Pediatric Care in Cibolo, TX
Looking for a pediatric dental home? Check out Cibolo Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics! We offer high-quality services for children, including space maintainers. Dr. Konstantoni and our other dentists will recommend these if your kid loses baby teeth too soon. The space maintainers help keep teeth from shifting, reducing the need for braces later on! If you have any questions or want to book an appointment, please contact us!