A 3-Step Guide To Dealing With Broken Braces

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Broken orthodontics are rare. That's because most orthodontic treatments like braces are made from materials like metal than can withstand the general wear and tear from eating or chewing. However, they are not uncommon. Eating extremely hard and crunchy food or engaging in vigorous sports are common reasons your orthodontics may break. When this happens, the wires and brackets may stick out and injure your gums and cheeks. Besides the discomfort you may experience from this, broken braces won't be effective in correcting your tooth problem.

Therefore, knowing how to deal with broken braces is critical. Here are three essential steps to take when you break your braces.

Step 1: Inspect The Damage

Knowing the extent of the damage will give you an idea of what to do next. Therefore, check for floating brackets (when the brace bracket comes off ultimately), protruding wires, broken wires and bent wires. This is the usual damage you will likely have when your braces suffer breakage. Typically, every orthodontic damage has its unique solution. That's why it's critical to assess the damage first.

For instance, brace brackets are typically interconnected by the wire. Therefore, if one breaks off, it's likely to impact other brackets. Therefore, check for any floating brackets, remove them gently (if you can manage) before they fall off and keep them safe. Do not struggle with floating brackets if they won't come out quickly. Instead, go to your dentist straight away.

Protruding, bent or broken wires can poke your gums and cheeks, causing bleeding that may increase the risks of inflammation and infection. Therefore, try clipping the sharp ends using a pair of small pliers or nail clippers. You can use a tissue or soft cotton while doing this to pick up any falling wire pieces and keep you from swallowing them. Like floating brackets, be gentle while doing this and schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

Step 2: Manage Pain And Discomfort

Broken braces may come with pain and discomfort depending on the cause and extent of the damage. Therefore, knowing how to manage the pain or discomfort is imperative. First, try over-the-counter painkillers to relieve pain and discomfort. You can also gargle or rinse your mouth with warm, salty water to promote healing and prevent infections you may have suffered from cuts. In addition, stay away from hard and sticky foods that could worsen the issue. Opt for soft foods instead, like cooked pasta.

Step 3: See A Dentist

The last step is to book an appointment with an emergency dentist. This is critical as they will assess the damage and advise on the best treatment.