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Broken Brace? Here’s What You Need to Know

There’s nothing worse than having a brace break. It’s uncomfortable, inconvenient and embarrassing. But a broken brace doesn’t have to completely ruin your day. Keep reading for some tips on how to maintain your orthodontic system.

Types of Orthodontics


When it comes to orthodontic systems there are a few more options today than there were a generation ago. There are four main types that you can choose from:

  • Metal—The traditional option, modern metal systems are much smaller and less noticeable than they were in the past. They’re also the most common and least expensive.
  • Ceramic—These function in exactly the same way that metal systems do. The difference is that ceramic braces have clear or white brackets to match the colour of your teeth. They’re less noticeable than metal systems but they’re also more expensive.
  • Lingual—These are metal braces that are placed on the inside, rather than the outside, of your teeth. They’re completely hidden, but they can take more time to get used to and can be more difficult to keep clean.
  • Invisalign—The latest and greatest in tooth realignment, Invisalign is like a mouth guard that aligns your teeth. You can eat and drink whatever you’d like because the aligners are removable. You can also brush and floss your teeth normally.

How to Deal with a Broken Brace

If you’re wearing metal, ceramic or lingual systems then there’s a chance that you’ll have to deal with a broken component at some point or another. The brackets and wires of your braces are fragile and break easily. Below are some common broken-brace situations and solutions:

  • Spacer is loose—The spacer is the rubber ring that goes in between your teeth to make it easier to fit you with orthodontic bands. If your spacer gets loose, there’s no need to panic, just take an appointment with an orthodontist at Eastgate Dental Centre in Hamilton.
  • Bracket is loose—Bonded to your teeth with composite resin, brackets hold up the wires of your brace system. Brackets are designed to be sturdy but hard brushing or crunchy foods can weaken the resin that binds them in place. If a bracket is loose, or shifts around, use a pair of sterile tweezers to slide it back into place and then coat it with dental wax until you can see one of our Hamilton orthodontists.
  • Band is loose—The bands that hold the wires of your orthodontics in place can sometimes loosen or fall off. They need to be cemented into place so if one becomes loose you’ll need to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. If a loose band is poking the inside of your mouth, you can bend it back into position with a cotton swab and cover it with dental wax to alleviate your discomfort while you wait for your appointment.
  • Wire is broken—When a wire breaks it can be incredibly uncomfortable, poking into your cheeks, tongue or gums. When this happens push the wire into a more comfortable position with a cotton swab and put some dental wax over the protruding end. If the wire has caused a dental sore, use an oral pain reliever until you can get to the orthodontist.

For more information on how to care for your braces, call Eastgate Dental today. One of our friendly dental professionals will be happy to help you, seven days a week. Contact us today to book an appointment!

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