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If you break a bracket on your orthodontic appliance, then there is a chance it can delay your treatment time, which is extremely inconvenient, right? Right. This is why it’s important to do all you can to treat your broken bracket as much as possible. You can do so by taking the following steps:

Step No. 1: Assess the damage. The first thing to check is if the bracket is still attached to the wire. If it is, leave it in place and cover it with orthodontic wax. The wax will keep the bracket from sliding and it will also make your appliance more comfortable for you. If the bracket is not attached to the wire, remove it, keep it in a safe place, and bring it into the office with you. If the bracket is still attached to the wire but it is out of place, slide it back to where it belongs with a cotton swab.

Step No. 2: Take control of the situation. If the broken bracket made the wire protrude out of place, then clip the wire with some fingernail clippers. When you clip the wire, make sure to clip it as close to the bracket as possible. This will help you avoid injuring your cheeks, lips, and tongue.

Step No. 3: Make an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Joseph Goodman. The sooner you make an appointment, the sooner you’ll get back on track toward the beautiful and straight smile you desire. When you make an appointment, make sure you explain the situation so our team understands what is going on.

To learn more about how to take care of a broken bracket in Beverly Hills, California, please don’t hesitate to call Joseph Goodman, DDS, DMD at 310-734-4557. The sooner you call our office, the sooner our orthodontic team will be able to help you. We look forward to hearing from you!