Loose or Broken Braces
Bracket or Band
If you experience a loose or damaged braces bracket or band, contact our office right away so we can make any necessary repairs or adjustments. If a piece of your appliance breaks off, save it and bring it with you to your visit.
For a loose or broken braces bracket that is still attached to the wire, slide it back into its correct position. Then, grab your orthodontic relief wax. As for how to use wax for braces, simply pull off a small piece of wax and roll it in between your fingers to warm it up. Dry off the loose bracket with a tissue or piece of gauze and place the wax over it. This will prevent the bracket from sliding around and/or irritating your lips and cheeks.
If the broken braces bracket is in the back of the mouth and the wire comes out completely, you can very gently slide the bracket off of the wire and remove it from your mouth, being careful not to accidentally swallow it. Push the excess wire out of the way and against the nearest tooth using a clean cotton swab or the eraser end of a new pencil. Cover it in orthodontic wax to ward off irritation.