Posts for: March, 2015

By Suter Orthodontics
March 30, 2015
Category: Braces
Tags: braces   Broken Brackets  

Orthodontics You are in between orthodontics appointments with Scott Suter D.D.S., M.S., P.C. at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs when suddenly one of your brackets breaks. What do you do? Is it okay to do nothing and wait until your next appointment?

What Do I Do First?

The first thing you will want to do if you break a bracket is to call Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, and ask if they want you to come in right away or wait. Depending on where your bracket broke, how long it is until your next appointment, and whether they have any time slots open, you may need to come in right away or you may be okay to wait.

The function of your brackets is to gradually shift your teeth from their previous locations into their new, desired location. They do this by applying constant pressure on your teeth to slowly move them. If one of you brackets breaks or falls off and you don't go in, your tooth will not have this pressure on it, and it may begin to shift back to the position it was in before.

Not only will this mean additional pain and discomfort once you have to later move that tooth back over again, but it can also mean additional time in braces if you lose much of the progress you've made so far. Since no one wants to be in braces any longer than necessary, this is one risk you won't want to take.

Broken brackets are relatively common and Dr. Suter won't be angry or upset with you if you need to come in to Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs to have your brackets replaced. You will be mad at yourself if you try to ignore the problem, however, and end up losing much of the progress you've made so far.

If your brackets break, call Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs right away. Dr. Suter will let you know what you should do.