Receiving orthodontic treatment is an investment in one’s oral health. Beyond the aesthetic benefits of having straight teeth, patients whose teeth are properly aligned can reduce their risk for periodontal (gum) disease and dental caries (tooth decay). The reason that straight teeth are healthier than misaligned teeth is that properly spaced and aligned teeth are easier to keep clean so that plaque and tartar are less likely to accumulate along teeth and gums. Sometimes, though, orthodontic appliances such as the ligatures and brackets attached to braces can break or become loose. If an emergency arises, it is important for patients to know what do and what steps to take to ensure a quick resolution to their problem. Our orthodontist provides emergency treatment for malfunctioning or broken orthodontic appliances.
Steps to Take During an Emergency
If a component of your braces breaks or becomes loose, you should call our office as soon as possible. We prefer that patients call us before coming to our practice. This allows us to create room in our schedule to see you and provide attentive care. When speaking with a member of our team, make sure to describe exactly what is wrong and how your braces became loose or broken. This information will help us troubleshoot the problem and give us insight as to whether there is a temporary fix you can do at home to minimize discomfort.
When brackets break or wires come loose, it is important to call us as soon as you can so that we can schedule treatment for you. Braces, like anything else, do break and require repair from time to time.
Tips for Reducing Discomfort
It is best to let professionals repair broken oral appliances; however, there are some situations where a patient can temporarily improve his or her situation. For example, a loose wire that is irritating oral tissues can be plugged on one end with a small piece of cotton or dental wax. If a bracket wire must be cut, we recommend using sanitized nail clippers to do so. When it comes to temporary fixes, be sure to follow our directions very closely.
To schedule an appointment with our orthodontist, call 210-921-9191 today.