Any type of breakage must be professionally repaired as soon as possible. If you delay, then it could affect the efficacy of your orthodontic treatment and may mean it takes longer to complete. Please contact your orthodontist for an appointment if you break a wire or any part of your orthodontic appliance. You should never try to mend an orthodontic appliance yourself as you could end up damaging it beyond repair. Your orthodontist will soon be able to sort out the problem so treatment can continue and they will ensure your braces are properly adjusted.
What Should I Do Until My Appointment?
If you have broken a wire then try using the eraser from the end of a pencil to gently push the wire so it cannot dig into your cheeks, tongue or gums. If you cannot do this, use a small piece of orthodontic wax to cover up the broken end. Alternatively cover up the broken wire with a piece of gauze or a cotton wool ball. Please do not cut the loose wire as this could be dangerous. There is a risk you could end up swallowing the wire, or you might inhale it into your lungs.
If you break a wire then don’t worry as we will take care of you. Give our friendly dental team a call on (07) 5442 2136. Our practice is conveniently located at 31 Blackall Street, Woombye QLD 4559.