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If you want a straight and beautiful smile, then you need to keep your braces in tip-top shape. However, there are times when your appliance might break or become altered, like when you break a bracket. When this happens, it’s important to do all you can to improve the situation and treat the problem so you can get back on track toward the smile of your dreams.

When you break a bracket, it’s best to do the following things:

Step No. 1: Check out the damage. The first thing you need to do is see if the bracket still has contact with the wire. If it does, keep it in place and stabilize it by covering it with a piece of orthodontic wax. If it doesn’t, take the bracket out of your mouth and keep it in a safe place. Make sure to bring it with you to your next appointment. If the bracket slid out of place when it broke, move it back into position with a cotton swab.

Step No. 2: Do your best to control the situation. Oftentimes, a broken bracket makes a wire protrude out of place. If this happens, it’s best to clip the wire with a pair of fingernail clippers. As you do this, make sure to clip the wire as close to the bracket as possible. This will help you prevent cuts inside your mouth.

Step No. 3: Make an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Gary Lee Breece. The sooner you make an appointment, the sooner you’ll get back on track toward the beautiful and straight smile you desire. When you make an appointment, make sure you explain the situation so our team understands what is going on.

Doing these things can help you get closer toward your perfect smile, even if you’ve broken your orthodontic appliance. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about what to do when you have broken a bracket in Enid, Oklahoma, please call Gary Lee Breece DDS MS at 580-233-2557. Dr. Gary Lee Breece and our orthodontic team have the tips you need to succeed, and we look forward to hearing from you!