By Kevin M. Brown, DMD and Associates
July 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   othodontics   dental emergency  

While braces are meant to be durable and withstand the normal forces of chewing for several years, sometimes accidents can happen. If bracesyou've broken a bracket - the small square sections of braces that are cemented to the teeth and hold the wires in place - your Ayer, Massachusetts dentists have some tips on how to deal with the inconvenience until you can be seen at the office of Dr. Kevin Brown, Dr. Erin Deedy-Lee, Dr. Kevin Guze and Dr. Mahshid Bahadoran.

How do brackets break?

There can be a number of reasons your brackets become chipped, dislodged or otherwise damaged. Most often, your Ayer dentist discovers the breakage is due to eating foods that aren't compatible with braces, such as chewy candy, ice, whole apples or corn on the cob. These foods place undue pressure on the brackets and can cause them to detach from the teeth. Other times, brushing or flossing too forcefully can be the cause. And any accident that results in a mouth injury - such as a vehicular or sport-related collision - can put you at risk for damaging your braces.

What can I do to fix the bracket?

The bracket's repair will have to be left to your Ayer dentist, but in the meantime, there are a few things you can do to keep it from being too uncomfortable. Keeping orthodontic wax handy is an excellent way to hold the wires in place on the bracket if they haven't become completely detached. Wires that are sticking out and cannot be pushed back into place should be trimmed with nail clippers and the protruding end covered in wax to prevent cuts to your tongue or cheek. If the bracket has come unglued from its corresponding tooth, try to remove it gently from the wire and save it for reattachment. To avoid further damage to your braces, you should also take care to eat soft foods while waiting to be seen by your Ayer dentist.

We at the dental office of Dr. Kevin Brown and associates encourage you to contact our office in Ayer, Massachusetts any time you think you may have a dental emergency. A message can be left and your call will be returned promptly.