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When your braces get damaged, it can be a frustrating experience. After all, you’ve spent a significant amount of money on them, and you’re likely a few years into the process already. Broken braces can mean you have to wear them longer than intended, or in a worst-case scenario, you may face other long-term tooth issues if the break is serious.

That’s why our team here at Liang Orthodontics put together these tips for handling damaged braces.

Your orthodontist gave you a special piece of orthodontic wax when your braces were installed. The metal brackets of your braces are cemented to your teeth with a resin adhesive. If a bracket comes loose and is irritating your cheek or gums you can secure it inside the wax until you can make it to your appointment.

If you do have a wire break, you shouldn’t try to bend or manipulate it as it still might be attached to other brackets. Instead secure the end in the orthodontic wax.

I you no longer have your orthodontic wax, you can use the end of a pencil eraser in a pinch.

Spacers can sometimes fall out when you are due for a new one. If one of the metal bands comes loose don’t try to put it back on. Call us as soon as possible and we’ll be able to determine if it needs to be cemented back on immediately or if it can wait until your next adjustment appointment.

IF anything happens to your braces, call us immediately at 301-983-3132. We want to make your orthodontic experience as pleasant as possible.