Help! My Braces/Retainer Broke!
When something happens to your braces or your child’s braces, the first step is to make sure you or they are safe. Look for any signs of injury, including sores, cuts, or bleeding, and deal with these first.
If a bracket is broken, cover it with dental wax to keep it from injuring the soft tissue. Trim any loose or poking wires as close to the tooth as possible using nail clippers, then cover the end with dental wax as well. This will protect your mouth until you can come into our office.
If it is simply a matter of a loose bracket, this is usually okay to wait until your next appointment, when Dr. Khara will cement it back in place.
As for broken retainers, how urgent it is will depend on how recently you switched from braces to the retainer – the more recent the shift, the more quickly a new retainer is needed.
If you are unsure whether your situation counts as an orthodontic emergency, contact our office. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you through it so you can continue to safely get the most out of your treatment.