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Loose Bracket

Braces have a lot of components, including brackets, wires, and rubber bands, all working together to give you successful results. But with so many parts, you may experience problems, such as a loose bracket, during orthodontic treatment. If you have a loose or broken bracket, our team of emergency dentists can help!

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What Is A Loose Bracket On Braces?

Brace brackets are small metal or ceramic attachments that secure the archwire to each tooth. As your treatment progresses, the wire and brackets apply pressure to align the teeth. However, if you’re not careful, these brackets can become loose or detach from the teeth.

Broken Bracket Vs. Loose Bracket

While a loose bracket comes off the surface of the tooth, the part itself is still intact. They’re also referred to as floating brackets because they can slide along the archwire after detaching from the tooth. A broken bracket happens when the orthodontic attachment cracks and comes off the archwire.

What Causes A Loose Bracket?

There are many reasons why a bracket may become loose, including:

  • Hard or crunchy foods
  • Sticky or chewy foods
  • Trauma to the mouth from an accident
  • A blow to the mouth during high-impact sports
  • Normal wear and tear

What Are The Symptoms Of A Loose Bracket?

If you’re unsure if your bracket is loose, some signs that you may have broken braces include:

  • The bracket is detached from your tooth
  • The bracket moves along the archwire on its own
  • You have irritation to the cheeks, gums, or lips
  • Your braces suddenly feel different or “off”
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What Are The Risks Of A Loose Bracket?

Although loose braces can be a minor issue, they can also be considered a dental emergency when they present some risks to patients. Here’s why loose brackets can cause complications and what you should do.

What Are The Possible Complications Of Loose Brackets?

A loose bracket can be harmful for several reasons, including the following:

  • A loose bracket can lead to less progress during treatment if left unfixed
  • The bracket can cause painful irritation and discomfort in the mouth
  • Loose brackets can trap food particles and bacteria, making it difficult to keep your teeth clean
  • A detached bracket could pose a choking risk if it breaks off the archwire

How Can I Prevent A Loose Bracket?

Follow your dentist’s instructions and guidelines during orthodontic treatment to avoid broken braces, including a loose bracket, broken wire, or other damage. This may include switching your diet while you have braces, maintaining oral hygiene, and using a protective mouthguard when playing sports.

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Loose Bracket

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A loose bracket is a common orthodontic issue that occurs while wearing braces. If not promptly addressed, your treatment could experience a setback that could take months to rectify. By addressing the problem quickly, you can ensure your orthodontic treatment remains on track while reducing the risk of experiencing discomfort.

Common reasons brackets become loose:

  • Injury or trauma to the mouth
  • Eating hard foods
  • Biting down hard directly on one of the lower braces
  • Aggressive or improper oral hygiene practices
  • Low bond strength of the bracket to the tooth from tissue inflammation or contamination with saliva during the bonding procedure

Our expertly trained dental professionals are here to help ensure your orthodontic experience is as stress and pain-free as possible. We are prepared to ensure every bracket is secure and remedy any that are not before it causes more prolonged issues. Our friendly dental clinic has the experience and expertise to complete your orthodontic treatment successfully.

Wire Irritation

model of teeth with braces

Wire irritation typically occurs when the wire secured into your brackets becomes loose, breaks, or pops out of the brackets. If not addressed promptly, this can lead to discomfort, cuts, sores, and infection. The most common reasons you may experience wire irritation is the result of:

  • Eating foods not appropriate when receiving braces treatment, such as hard and/or sticky foods
  • Injury or trauma to the mouth
  • Poking and prodding at your braces

Wire irritation is not a cause for panic. However, it is an issue you will want to address quickly to reduce aversive side effects that can easily lead to more serious problems and discomfort. Absolute Dental is available to address your orthodontic emergency needs.

Lost Separator

3d render of rubber separators between teethSeparators are small rubber bands or metal rings placed between teeth to create space for the subsequent placement of orthodontic bands. Separators are designed to be temporary, but they occasionally become dislodged or fall out prematurely. This can happen due to factors such as:

  • Aggressive or vigorous flossing
  • Chewing sticky foods
  • Natural movement of teeth
  • Trauma or injury to the mouth

If you lose a separator, it is important to notify your orthodontist as quickly as possible. The absence of a separator can negatively impact future planned orthodontic adjustments, and immediate replacement may be necessary to support the proper spacing between teeth. Contacting your orthodontist immediately can ensure your treatment plan stays on track and that your teeth are adequately prepared for the next phase of your orthodontic journey.

 

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FAQs

As with any orthodontic issue, you should contact your dentist right away if something is wrong. However, your dentist may suggest a few things before you can make it to the office:

  1. Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help with irritation or swelling
  2. Use orthodontic wax to cover edges or sharp points on the bracket
  3. Avoid certain foods that could further damage your braces
  4. See your orthodontist as soon as possible

While a loose bracket may not seem like a big deal, seeing your orthodontist immediately is important to prevent further damage. Waiting too long to see your dentist can also delay your treatment progress.

Ask your dentist for guidance on what you can eat until you can see them. If you must eat, always go for soft foods that won’t cause more damage to your braces.

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