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Oops! You Broke A Bracket- Now What? 

April 3, 2024

Breaking a bracket on your braces can be concerning, but it’s essential to know how to handle the situation calmly and effectively. Here’s what to do if you find yourself with a cheeky broken bracket.

Assess the Breakage

If you suspect that a bracket on your braces has broken away from your tooth, carefully examine your mouth and braces to confirm. Look for any loose or protruding brackets, as well as any discomfort or irritation caused by the broken bracket.

Contact Your Orthodontist

As soon as you notice a broken bracket, contact your orthodontist’s practice to report the issue. Often we ask you to email us a photo so we can see the problem and give you the best advice on the next steps. We may schedule an appointment to have the issue repaired or replaced, unless you’re close to coming in for your next regular appointment.

Avoid Further Damage

While waiting to see your orthodontist, take precautions to avoid further damage to your braces. Avoid eating hard, sticky, or chewy foods that could dislodge or damage the broken bracket, or even break off more brackets. Be gentle when brushing and flossing to prevent irritation around the broken bracket.

Manage Discomfort

If the broken bracket is causing discomfort or irritation, you can use orthodontic wax to cover the sharp edges and alleviate discomfort. If you are in pain, we will ensure you are seen to as a priority.

Follow Your Orthodontist’s Instructions

Your orthodontist will provide specific instructions on how to manage the broken bracket until it can be repaired. Follow their advice closely to ensure the best outcome for your braces treatment.

Whilst breaking a bracket on your braces can be inconvenient, knowing how to respond can help minimise any potential issues. By contacting your orthodontist promptly, avoiding further damage, and following their instructions, you can ensure that your braces treatment stays on track. Remember, your orthodontist is there to support you every step of the way in your journey to a straighter smile.


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