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It’s very common to break a bracket on your braces. There are many things that can happen to result in your broken bracket, including eating chewy and sticky foods, experiencing an oral emergency, and improperly brushing and flossing your teeth. If any of these things happen to you, we recommend doing the following:

No. 1: Check the bracket and the wire. If the bracket is still connected to the wire, leave it there. It’s best that you place orthodontic wax around it so it doesn’t slide around and move. If your bracket is no longer connected to the wire, it’s best to take the bracket out of your mouth and bring it into the office with you during your next appointment.

No. 2: Fix any broken wires that are poking or bothering you. You can do so by clipping the wire with fingernail clippers. Make sure you clip as close to the base as possible. You can also try fixing the wire by bending it back into place with a Q-Tip or pencil eraser.

No. 3: Book an appointment. It is very important that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If you don’t get the bracket fixed in a few days, it could alter your treatment time and affect the movement of your smile.

With these helpful tips, you will be back on the right track in no time. We care about you and your smile, and we want you to have the best experience possible. If you have any additional problems or if you would like further advice on treating a broken bracket, please feel free to call our office today. We are happy to help you!