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What to Do If Your Braces Break or Get Damaged

Written by Article By Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics.  

Since children and young people are the biggest group to wear braces, they can experience problems. That’s because kids play hard. They may not be paying attention to what’s going on. Kids run, laugh, get into things they shouldn’t and they are on the go all the time. From playing soccer to hanging out with friends, they can often get into situations that an adult would not experience.

That’s why they do sometimes damage their braces. Whether it’s Invisalign or metal braces, your child can lose a bracket, damage a wire or crack the plastic retainer if they’re wearing Invisalign. What do you do when this happen?

Try to manage the situation as best you can until the person can be seen by a dentist or orthodontist. Remember that if you need to be seen after hours, the cost will skyrocket. It’s best to try and handle things yourself until the dentist office opens.

If the individual is having pain, use over the counter pain killers. If there’s stress involved, then take the time to meditate. Meditating is fairly easy to do. Simply find a quiet place, turn out the lights and put on some soft music. Now begin taking deep cleansing breaths.

Whether it’s the patient or the parent, meditating can help relieve stress and anxiety. If the situation is bad enough, you may need to go to an emergency room. They typically do not have dentists and orthodontists on staff. The only thing they can do is prescribe pain killers or antibiotics to get rid of an infection.

Article written by Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics.  Dr. Mark Rashidi is a highly skilled an Orthodontist in Mission Viejo. He works with patients to help them get a perfect smile. Dr. Rashidi, an orthodontist in Irvine,  also offers services the Lake Forest, Laguna Hills and Laguna Niguel areas with excellent orthodontal care.