Your braces need to be protected, since they are doing such an important job. Wearing a mouthguard when you play sports will certainly help protect your braces (and your teeth), but accidents can still happen. You may have an injury to your mouth, or you might eat something that damages your braces. Toothpicks and other foreign objects can cause damage, or you might be too hard on your braces when you brush and floss.
If you do damage your braces, the first thing you should do is contact Dr. Victoria Lynskey at Victoria Lynskey DMD, MDS, Orthodontist in Santa Rosa. California, as soon as possible. We will do our best to get you in for an appointment as soon as possible.
If you have a loose bracket, cover it in dental wax to keep it from irritating your mouth. If you lose a band, save it and bring it to your next appointment at our office. If one of your wires is poking out or has broken, do not cut it, even if it is irritating your mouth. If you cut the wire, you run the risk of swallowing or inhaling it. Instead, cover the end with dental wax and rinse your mouth with warm water to ease the irritation. If a spacer slips out, you should come see the doctor, since you this is an indication that you need to have a band placed.
If you have a broken retainer, you may not even notice it unless the damage is serious. In fact your first clue that your retainer has been damaged may be when your teeth start to drift out of alignment. If your retainer is damaged, especially if it is a fixed, bonded retainer, it will have to be repaired by your orthodontist. In the meantime, you can purchase a mouthguard to wear at night. You should also avoid any hard or sticky foods that might move your teeth out of alignment, and you can rinse your mouth with warm water if your mouth is sore.
If you are having a problem with your braces, or you are interested in straightening your smile, contact our office for an appointment at 707-525-1180. We look forward to seeing you soon!