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No matter how careful you are throughout the day, there is still the possibility of breaking a bracket. If you have recently broken a bracket, there are four things you need to do to successfully take care of the situation. Those things are:

Check the damage
Check to see if the bracket is still attached to the wire. If it’s not, take it out of your mouth and keep it safe. We need you to bring it into the office with you during your next appointment. If it is still attached, keep it in place and stabilize it by surrounding it with orthodontic wax. If the bracket moved when it broke, put it back into position using a cotton swab.

Take control
Sometimes it’s common to have a protruding wire when you break a bracket. If this is the case for you, feel free to cut the wire with a pair of fingernail clippers. As you do so, try to clip as close to the bracket as possible. Then, cover it with orthodontic wax to keep it from cutting the inside of your mouth.

Make an appointment
Call our office and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. The sooner you come in and get your bracket fixed, the better. When you talk to our team, make sure you explain the situation so we can be prepared to help you when you come in for your appointment.

If you need assistance while doing these four things, please do not hesitate to give Richmond Orthodontics a call. All you need to do is dial 804-740-7281 and we will be more than happy to help you in any way we can. If you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bryan Brassington, Dr. Curt Wiltshire, or Dr. Kevin Bibona, feel free to do so at your earliest convenience. We look forward to your phone call!