Broken Braces Wires or Loose Brackets and Bands

Braces brackets, wires, or bands can sometimes break or fall off, or just become loose. Usually, this is caused by chewing hard or sticky foods, and it can lead to some discomfort. If you experience a loose or broken wire, bracket, or band, CONTACT YOUR ORTHODOTIST IMMEDIATELY.

While waiting to see your orthodontist, follow the tips below:

Loose Braces Bracket
The braces (also called brackets) are the metal or ceramic pieces that are attached to your teeth using a material called composite resin. Although brackets are cemented to your teeth, they can become loose. When this happens, the bracket can poke into your gums, tongue, or cheek, causing some discomfort. When you first get your braces, your orthodontist will give you a special wax. You can place this wax over the bracket to keep it from poking you. This should provide some comfort until you can see your orthodontist.

Loose Band
Bands are the metal rings that are cemented around the back teeth (and sometimes around the front teeth). If a band becomes loose, call for an appointment to have it re-cemented or replaced. If the band comes off completely, do not try to put it back on yourself. Visit your orthodontist right away.

Protruding or broken wire
Protruding or broken wires is a common problem with braces. If a wire breaks or sticks out, it can hurt your cheek, gums, or tongue. Do not cut the wire. If the wire has caused a sore, rinse your mouth with warm salt water or an antiseptic rinse. Rinsing your mouth will help keep the area clean and reduce discomfort. You can also use over-the-counter pain reliever (such as Anbesol). This will temporarily provide relief while you wait to get an appointment with your orthodontist.