One of the problems with traditional metal braces is they can get damaged, either by trauma to the mouth, eating hard foods, or even sometimes brushing too vigorously. Not only can damage to the braces reduce their effectiveness, but it can also be uncomfortable or painful at times.
If you want to know how to handle the most common types of damage that you may encounter in traditional metal braces, here’s what you should do:
- Loose or out of place spacers
In order to open a space between your teeth, your orthodontist may place spacers in the gap that are normally little rubber rings. At times these spacers can become dislodged, loose and may fall out of place but the good news is that isn’t a bad thing in most cases. Instead, all it means is that the bands for your bracers may be ready to be installed – so you should make an appointment with your orthodontist.
- Loose or detached bands
When the bands around one of your teeth comes loose, you need to get it fixed. Fortunately it isn’t likely to cause any discomfort, and at most may come off completely. It is inadvisable to try to put the band back on if it comes off fully, and you should keep it safely instead and take it to your appointment.
- Loose or broken brackets
The bracket is the metal or ceramic parts of your braces that are attached to your teeth, and are especially susceptible to damage from hard or sticky foods. If they break or come loose they could start to poke into your cheek, gums or tongue. It is possible to use dental wax to stop it from poking your mouth, but in any case you should make an appointment with your orthodontist to have it fixed.
- Broken or protruding wires
Some of the wires that connect your brackets may break and protrude, or become bent enough to stick out. Often you may be able to push it back into place if it is just bent out, but if you can’t or it is broken then you should first use dental wax to ensure it doesn’t poke into your gums or cheeks. After that you should make an appointment to have it fixed so that it doesn’t affect the effectiveness of your braces.
As you can see in most cases you’ll ultimately need to visit an orthodontist Northampton to get your braces fixed, but in the meantime you should be able to use dental wax to ensure it doesn’t cause too much discomfort. Assuming parts of your braces have already caused a sore, you could also rinse your mouth with antiseptic or salt water, and take pain relief medication.
Make no mistake it is important that you let your orthodontist know if your braces have been damaged, as it normally will make them less effective. If the braces aren’t fixed it could lengthen the time it takes for them to correct your smile.