Broken Braces

Broken Braces at Emergency Dental CareBraces can transform a smile, but sometimes these appliances can break. Broken braces require immediate care from an emergency dentist to repair the problem until an appointment for a permanent solution with an orthodontist can be made.

Causes of Broken Braces:

Braces are a complex appliance inside the mouth with many components and breaks are common with orthodontic appliances. Some of the most common causes are

  • hard or sticky foods
  • sports injuries
  • accidents

What do I do when my braces break?

  • If wires or other pieces of the broken appliance are causing discomfort, cover them with a piece of candle or orthodontic wax.
  • Gently move any protruding wires away from the sensitive tissue inside the mouth with a pencil eraser to prevent discomfort and injury.
  • If pieces of the appliance, such as spacers or bands fall out, save them and bring them to your appointment.┬áIf you are in pain, rinse your mouth with warm salt water, and take a mild pain relieving medication.

How do I prevent my braces from breaking?

  • Always follow guidelines given by your orthodontist.
  • Avoid excessively sticky, chewy, and hard foods.
  • Wear a protective mouth or lip guard during athletic activities.

Call a 24 Hour Emergency Dentist Now

If you are in or around the Franklin Square area please call: (516) 565-3435. And, if you are in or around the Syosset area please call us at: (516) 348-2000.


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