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Reno Orthodontic Emergency: Loose Bracket

While braces are a great way to straighten your smile, treatment involves installing orthodontic appliances. Brackets and wires work together to align your teeth over several months. During that time, brackets can become loose and pose a risk to your dental health.

If a bracket becomes loose, Absolute Dental in Reno can help. We treat Reno orthodontic emergencies to prevent injuries and further damage to your braces. Contact us to learn more!

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What Is A Loose Bracket Braces Emergency?

Brackets are small orthodontic appliances that adhere to a person’s teeth to hold a metal archwire in place. This wire is progressively tightened and adjusted throughout orthodontic treatment to achieve a beautifully straight smile.

However, these brackets can loosen or fall off, causing dental emergencies that require urgent attention.

How Do I Know If A Bracket Is Loose?

Sometimes, a loose bracket is evident because it detaches from the tooth. Other times, it may be harder to tell if the bracket is loose. Here are some signs that there’s a problem with an orthodontic bracket:

  • The bracket is visibly pulled away from the tooth’s surface
  • The bracket can move along your archwire
  • You’re experiencing irritation on your gums, cheek, or lips
  • Your braces feel less tight or unbalanced

What Are The Risks Of A Loose Bracket?

A loose bracket may not seem like an urgent issue, but it can have serious consequences if it is not fixed quickly. Some complications due to a loose bracket include:

  • Significantly less progress during orthodontic treatment
  • A reversal of your treatment progress
  • Painful irritation in the mouth
  • Difficulty keeping braces clean
  • Increased risk of choking if the bracket breaks off the archwire
  • Potential protruding wires that can cut your gums or mouth
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What Should I Do If I Have A Loose Bracket?

If a bracket is loose, detaches, or breaks, your first step should be contacting your orthodontist. The sooner you can get the issue fixed, the lower the risk of experiencing complications. Also, a dental professional can recommend care tips for your orthodontic appliance.

Some tips your orthodontist may offer to protect your mouth and braces include:

  • Put dental wax on the bracket to avoid irritation
  • If the wire is sticking out, try to put it back in place with a cotton swab
  • Use a nail clipper to trim wires that are poking into your gums or cheek
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to soothe any irritation

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How Can I Prevent A Loose Bracket While Wearing Braces?

Loose brackets are a common orthodontic issue. However, you can prevent a dental emergency in Reno, NV, by following these simple guidelines:

  • Follow your orthodontist’s instructions during treatment
  • Carefully brush and floss your teeth
  • Avoid hard or crunchy foods that can damage braces
  • Use a protective mouthguard while playing sports
  • See your dentist regularly for adjustments and cleanings

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Absolute Dental is a preferred provider for most insurances, unions, and hotels that include: Aetna, Ameritas, Boon-Chapman, Caesars Palace, Cigna, Delta Dental, Diversified, Geha, Guardian, Harrah’s, HealthSCOPE Benefits, Health Plan of Nevada (HPN), Humana, Liberty, Met-Life, MGM-MIRAGE, Premier Access, The Standard, Station Casinos, Teachers Health Trust, United Concordia, United Healthcare, Venetian, and The Zenith. We also accept Medicaid.

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Loose Bracket FAQs

A loose bracket may be considered a dental emergency if it poses an immediate risk to your oral health. Protruding wires and broken brackets can cause serious irritation and derail your treatment progress. It’s crucial that you see your orthodontist as soon as possible to fix the damage and get your treatment back on track.

You might experience a loose bracket during orthodontic treatment for several reasons. Common causes include:

  • Sticky or crunchy foods damaging the bracket
  • Failing to keep braces clean and free of buildup
  • Dental trauma after a fall or accident
  • An impact to the mouth while playing sports
  • Unusual wear and tear to braces

Yes! Absolute Dental in Reno prioritizes emergency patients who need urgent care, including loose brackets. Contact our Reno team to find the closest location to you that is immediately available.

Affordable Treatment For Reno Dental Emergencies

At Absolute Dental, we know how a sudden dental emergency can turn your day upside down. That’s why we make emergency treatments easy and affordable at any of our Reno locations. We have special offers, discounts through our Smile Saver program, and flexible payment options to help make quality dental care accessible to all families. Contact us now for an appointment!


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