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Life is unpredictable. No matter how careful you are about what you eat, or how well you care for your braces, you may still damage them, or parts of your braces may break or wear out. When that happens, you should call your dentist, since he will be able to make the necessary repairs. The dentist may want to see you right away, or you may be able to wait until your next appointment to have the problem addressed.

A loose bracket may irritate your cheek or gums. If you have a loose bracket, you can coat it with dental wax until you can see your dentist. If a band comes loose, your dentist can cement it back in place. If the band falls off, bring it with your to your next appointment. If you have a broken wire, you should try to gently push it back into place where it can’t poke or irritate other parts of your mouth. Again, apply dental wax to the wire to relieve any discomfort. If you cut it, you risk inhaling or swallowing the piece of wire. You can use a topical pain reliever if needed, or rinse the area with a saltwater solution. If a spacer should fall out, let your dentist know.

No matter what the damage is, you should contact your dentist office right away to schedule an appointment. If you have questions about your braces, or are considering using them to straighten your smile, you can speak with our dentist, Dr. Nathan Lester about your treatment options. If you live in the Evanston, Wyoming, area, you can call 307-365-1472 to make an appointment at Wyoming Dental Specialties.