During your braces treatment, strong metal brackets are attached to the surface of your teeth. But what happens if a bracket becomes loose? While it’s not a common problem, it can happen to some patients. Luckily though, there are easy ways for your orthodontist to fix the issue. Below, we’ll explain what causes a loose bracket- and what you should do if you have one.
What Causes a Loose Bracket?
Loose brackets can be caused by a variety of things. For some patients, brackets simply become loose on their own. However, this issue is usually caused by direct contact or trauma to the bracket. For example, eating hard foods, playing contact sports, or having a facial injury can all cause braces problems.
First Things First
If you notice a loose bracket, then it’s important to assess the damage. If possible, pinpoint what caused the loose bracket and make note of the important details. Next, carefully examine your mouth. Check to see how many brackets are affected, and also check to see if the brackets are loose, broken, missing, and if your wires are affected. Knowing this ahead of time will make it easier for you to communicate with your orthodontist.
Next, call your orthodontist or an emergency dentist. A loose bracket can be dangerous if it’s not quickly cared for. A dental professional can either secure the loose bracket or replace it altogether. They can also check the rest of your brackets for any signs of damage you might have missed. After fixing your bracket, your braces treatment can continue as normal.
Should You Remove The Bracket?
Very loose brackets can cause a choking hazard. If the bracket has come off your teeth completely, you can try to remove it gently and then bring it to your orthodontist. However, don’t try to pull off loose brackets at home, as this could cause even more damage. Describe your situation to the orthodontist over the phone, and they will give you specific advice.
We Make Braces Repair as Easy as Possible
If you’re dealing with a loose bracket, then call Adventure Orthodontics. Our team can help you deal with loose, broken, or damaged, braces. We can also help you troubleshoot additional orthodontic issues for a comfortable braces experience. Call today to get started!