If your child or teen has braces, you may have to deal with their braces breaking at some point in their treatment. Braces are strong and durable, but they can be damaged and dislodged by certain activities, like eating the wrong foods or taking a hard hit in a contact sport.
Wondering what to do when your child’s braces break? Learn everything you should know from Molly Hottenstein Orthodontics below.
If your child’s bracket or wire has been dislodged or broken by an oral injury, the first thing you should do is look for signs of tooth damage like chipped or broken teeth, loose teeth, or cuts to the inside of their mouth.
If your child is complaining about serious pain, their mouth is bleeding a lot, or they have a clearly damaged or broken tooth, you should contact an emergency dentist in Wyomissing right away for an appointment to have their tooth repaired. It’s more important to fix their teeth immediately than it is to fix their braces right away.
Not all breakages are the same. There are three common ways that braces break.
Depending on the severity of the issue and how recently your child has had their braces adjusted, Dr. Hottenstein may either recommend emergency orthodontics to repair your child’s braces, or she may recommend that you take some steps to treat the issue at home until your child’s next adjustment.
There are a few steps you and your child can take to prevent damaged and broken braces.
Dr. Hottenstein is always here to help orthodontic patients get the emergency care they need in Wyomissing. If your child’s braces are broken and they’re complaining about pain and discomfort, contact us right away at (484) 258-2299 to schedule an appointment right away.