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What do I do if a braces bracket comes loose?

Brackets serve as handles to hold the wire of the braces in place. Brackets are generally bonded to the teeth with adhesive. They are tough, sturdy, and stable. But if you eat hard, crunchy, or sticky types of food, the brackets can indeed loosen. If you get hit in the mouth, the brackets can loosen, too. That’s why you should ask your dentist or orthodontist about wearing a mouth guard during any and all types of physical activity.

The best thing to do if a bracket breaks or comes loose is contact your orthodontist. They will want to examine your mouth and decide the best course of action to fix the bracket. Plus, they have all the tools and expertise to make the fix. If you can’t get to your orthodontist right away, you can do a temporary fix to alleviate discomfort and avoid further damage by using sterile tweezers to slide the bracket along the wire until it’s between two teeth. Rotate the bracket back to the proper position then slide it back to the center of the tooth. Again, this is just a temporary fix to get you by until you can see your orthodontist, which should be as soon as possible.

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