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Your braces are going to be a part of your life for a while. And they are doing the important job of moving your teeth into better and healthier positions. To do that, you need to keep them clean by brushing and flossing 30 minutes after each meal. You also need to protect them by wearing a mouthguard when you play sports and avoiding food that can damage, or get lodged in your dental work.

However, there are times and circumstances in which you may find yourself with broken braces. When that happens, you should contact your orthodontist right away. The doctor may want to see you as soon as possible, or the problem might be able to wait until your next visit.

If a band comes loose, you should call the orthodontist to have it cemented back in place or to have a new one placed. If it comes off, then save it and bring it with you to your appointment. If a bracket comes loose, only your dentist can fix the problem. You can cover it with dental wax to keep it from irritating your mouth. You may have a loose spacer. In that case, your orthodontist may want to fix the problem or place a new band on your teeth. In the case of a wire that is broken or sticking out, you should try to push it back into its original position, or as close as you can, and cover it with dental wax to keep it from causing you discomfort. Incidentally, rinsing your mouth gently with a salt and water solution can help relieve oral pain. If you cut the wire, you run the risk of inhaling or swallowing the piece, so talk with your orthodontist before you do so.

If you are considering getting braces for yourself or a member of your family, Dr. Christopher Liang and the staff at Straight Smile would love to see you for an exam and a consultation. If you live in the College Park, Maryland, area and would like to make an appointment at our office, call phone [today].