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What Happens When My Braces Wire Breaks?

What Happens When My Braces Wire Breaks?

Broken braces can hurt your mouth and extend the time you’ll need to achieve your perfect smile. Learn what common problems you might face while wearing braces, and how you can handle these problems at home before your next orthodontist appointment.

What Are the Most Common Problems Affecting Braces?

You’ll probably face one of these common problems if you wear braces:

  • Broken brackets
  • Broken or protruding wires
  • Loose bands
  • Broken rubber bands
  • Loose spacers

If you notice a problem with your braces, call your orthodontist immediately. Depending on what went wrong, you may need to see your orthodontist right away for repairs.

How Can I Take Care of My Broken Braces Until My Next Appointment?

Learn how you can temporarily fix certain problems with your braces, until your next appointment. Always remember, that even the smallest issues with your braces need to be seen by your orthodontist, so schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Broken or Loose Brackets

Your orthodontist attached metal brackets to each tooth when you first got braces. The brackets are affixed to each tooth with a sticky material called resin. Over time, resin breaks down, causing a bracket to painfully rub against your mouth. If you notice a loose bracket, apply a coating of orthodontic wax over the sharp edges of the bracket.

Broken or Protruding Wires

Wires connect all of the brackets and are the driving force in straightening your teeth. Wires often break due to the pressure placed on them for teeth straightening and from eating. If a wire breaks or protrudes, use a clean pencil eraser to push it into a comfortable position where it can’t hurt your cheeks or gums. Don’t cut the wire since you may accidentally swallow it. If you already have irritation from a broken wire, make a salt-water rinse of a half teaspoon of table salt dissolved into eight ounces of water. Swish this solution around your mouth to soothe discomfort as needed. You can also apply an over-the-counter oral numbing agent like Anbesol. If you don’t get relief, make an appointment immediately.

Loose Bands

Bands are pieces of metal that encircle most of your back teeth and some of the front. They add strength to your braces to help keep them secure. Like brackets, they’re attached with resin, which can break down over time. If you have a loose band, try not to touch it. If it falls off, don’t try to put it back in place or throw it away. Make an appointment immediately and bring the band to have it reattached to your tooth.

Loose Spacers

A spacer is a rubber ring that’s inserted between teeth to open up room. Usually, spacers are only supposed to stay in place for a few days before your orthodontist removes them. If your spacers become loose or fall off, that’s a sign that you’re ready to proceed with band placement. Call your orthodontist for an appointment.

Broken Rubber Bands

Rubber bands that are placed over brackets occasionally break. If you notice a broken rubber band, call your orthodontist and tell them exactly which rubber band broke. You can usually wait until your next scheduled appointment to replace rubber bands, but your orthodontist may want to replace it sooner.

If you need help with your broken braces, book an appointment online today with Amazing Smiles Orthodontics of Forest Hills, Brooklyn and Long Island. Our team is dedicated to giving you the best and brightest smile possible.

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Have you considered ‘The Damon® Smile’? Gentler, state-of-the-art braces with less treatment time

Have you considered ‘The Damon® Smile’? Gentler, state-of-the-art braces with less treatment time

Introduced less than a year ago, the Damon® Smile offers a wonderful option in orthodontic treatment that is minimally invasive yet extremely effective.

In fact, I recommend it to all my patients, especially those with sensitivities. Since the braces are smaller and smoother than conventional braces, the Damon Smile is less likely to irritate lips and cheeks, making them generally more comfortable and gentler.

Also, if a patient requires a tooth extraction, the Damon Smile is my first go-to since it’s able to create space better than conventional braces.  They are in the category of “self-lighting” or “self-litigating” braces which use a sliding-door technology that allows the wire to easily slide back and forth within the bracket. There is no need for elastic or steel ties with these braces. This technology creates less friction and promotes greater comfort during treatment. And here’s the best part: this type of braces often reduces the amount of time in treatment and the total number of adjustments that will usually be needed. That means less trips to the orthodontist.

I have been trained in the Damon System of braces since my residency program in 2006 and I am proud to be among the few orthodontists in Queens, Long Island or Brooklyn who has expertise with the Damon Smile. It’s slightly more expensive than conventional braces, but if you are looking for a quicker treatment, more comfort and fewer appointments to the orthodontist, this may be your best option.

In addition to the Damon Smile, I also use the latest in orthodontic technology such as Invisalign (or “invisible braces”), lingual braces, orthodontic micro-implants, and laser treatments to create the most harmonious smile for you, based on your facial features and bone structure. My treatment plans are personalized and tailor-made for each individual, as every smile is a masterpiece and no two patients are exactly alike.

If you’re ready to straighten your teeth and improve your smile, schedule an initial consultation at the office most convenient for you. We have locations in Mill Basin, Brooklyn; Forest Hills and Rosedale, Queens; and Cedarhurst, Long Island. Our goal is to help create even more beautiful smiles all over New York.  Just call 718-275-3200.

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