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What happens if your bracket breaks and you don't go to the orthodontics right away?

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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
12 doctors agree

In brief: Teeth shift

Sometimes it will be ok and other times your treatment could be delayed.
Your teeth could shift enough that you can't progress to the next wire. In fact, you may have to decrease to a smaller wire. It's best to call the orthodontist and ask if you can wait or if the loose bracket should be fixed right away.

In brief: Teeth shift

Sometimes it will be ok and other times your treatment could be delayed.
Your teeth could shift enough that you can't progress to the next wire. In fact, you may have to decrease to a smaller wire. It's best to call the orthodontist and ask if you can wait or if the loose bracket should be fixed right away.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dr. Shawn Murray
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Dr. Stuart Hoffman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
5 doctors agree

In brief: All Depends

This depends on what you mean by "right away".
In many instances, if you get back to the orthodontist within a few days, all will be fine. In some instances, the tooth w/o the bracket may move in a detrimental way . In all instances, it is best to contact the orthodontist to inquire the urgnecy about getting it fixed. He/she will know best.

In brief: All Depends

This depends on what you mean by "right away".
In many instances, if you get back to the orthodontist within a few days, all will be fine. In some instances, the tooth w/o the bracket may move in a detrimental way . In all instances, it is best to contact the orthodontist to inquire the urgnecy about getting it fixed. He/she will know best.
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
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Dr. Sam Kadan
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: EXTENDED TREATMENT

When a brace breaks, the tooth it was attached to is no longer being held by the braces and will start to move, this means the longer you wait the more it will move and may end up costing you more time in treatement to recapture its position.

In brief: EXTENDED TREATMENT

When a brace breaks, the tooth it was attached to is no longer being held by the braces and will start to move, this means the longer you wait the more it will move and may end up costing you more time in treatement to recapture its position.
Dr. Sam Kadan
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Teeth out of control

When a bracket breaks the tooth is no longer connected to the appliance that is controlling its movement.
Although this may not be a true emergency, the patient should call as soon as possible to let the orthodontist decide when it needs to be repaired

In brief: Teeth out of control

When a bracket breaks the tooth is no longer connected to the appliance that is controlling its movement.
Although this may not be a true emergency, the patient should call as soon as possible to let the orthodontist decide when it needs to be repaired
Dr. Donald Rollofson
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Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Usually nothing

There usually isn't any complication, but you should get evaluated to not lose time in making progress in your orthodontic treatment.

In brief: Usually nothing

There usually isn't any complication, but you should get evaluated to not lose time in making progress in your orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Paige Gutheil
Dr. Paige Gutheil
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Dr. Gary Brigham
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Treatment delay

When a bracket is no longer attached to the tooth, it can shift away from the rest of the arch, and result in unnecessarily increased treatment time.
Your orthodontist will know how significant this problem will impact your treatment. Call him/her immediately.

In brief: Treatment delay

When a bracket is no longer attached to the tooth, it can shift away from the rest of the arch, and result in unnecessarily increased treatment time.
Your orthodontist will know how significant this problem will impact your treatment. Call him/her immediately.
Dr. Gary Brigham
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Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on..

What do you mean by "right away".
A few days will typically pose no problem to your overall orthodontic treatment. Be sure to contact the general dentist or orthodontist who is performing this treatment so they may see you to fix the problem.

In brief: Depends on..

What do you mean by "right away".
A few days will typically pose no problem to your overall orthodontic treatment. Be sure to contact the general dentist or orthodontist who is performing this treatment so they may see you to fix the problem.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Oh, my

Can be anything fro an annoyance to severely displaced teeth extending your time in treatment.
Contact your orthodontist asap to see how soon they want to see you to fix the problem. To shorten your time in braces, and to reduce the risk to the part of the tooth behind the braces, try to adjust your diet to avoid hard, sticky, and chewy foods.

In brief: Oh, my

Can be anything fro an annoyance to severely displaced teeth extending your time in treatment.
Contact your orthodontist asap to see how soon they want to see you to fix the problem. To shorten your time in braces, and to reduce the risk to the part of the tooth behind the braces, try to adjust your diet to avoid hard, sticky, and chewy foods.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends...

On which bracket and what the orthodontist is doing at the time.

In brief: Depends...

On which bracket and what the orthodontist is doing at the time.
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
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Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

A broken bracket generally leads to longer treatment time.
If there are rubber bands being worn, an alastic chain closing space, then the forces involved may "squirt" the unattached tooth out of the arch. I have seen treatment extended as much as 6 months due to this going unattended for an extended period of time. Always check with your orthodontist to see what your particular situation is.

In brief: Depends

A broken bracket generally leads to longer treatment time.
If there are rubber bands being worn, an alastic chain closing space, then the forces involved may "squirt" the unattached tooth out of the arch. I have seen treatment extended as much as 6 months due to this going unattended for an extended period of time. Always check with your orthodontist to see what your particular situation is.
Dr. Gary Chapman
Dr. Gary Chapman
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Most of the time this is not a critical problem. A few days or even weeks will not matter much.
However, if the brace is the last one in line, or terminal brace, it could be problematic. If it is a brace one attaches rubber bands to, it is a much more time sensitive matter. Use common sense, but give a call to the orthodontist at your earliest convenience.

In brief: Depends

Most of the time this is not a critical problem. A few days or even weeks will not matter much.
However, if the brace is the last one in line, or terminal brace, it could be problematic. If it is a brace one attaches rubber bands to, it is a much more time sensitive matter. Use common sense, but give a call to the orthodontist at your earliest convenience.
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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Dr. David Schleimer
Actually I am amazed there is so much ado about nothing. Anyone knows that when something breaks and you do not address it, it can only get worse (never better).
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Go ASAP for help

The sooner the problem is corrected, the better the orthodontic treatment will flow and the sooner you are out of braces.

In brief: Go ASAP for help

The sooner the problem is corrected, the better the orthodontic treatment will flow and the sooner you are out of braces.
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
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Dr. Robert Stoner
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Nothing or something

I have seen brackets off and patients disappear for 6 months with no effect.
I have seen brackets come loose and the tooth shifted in 2 weeks. See your orthodontist soon

In brief: Nothing or something

I have seen brackets off and patients disappear for 6 months with no effect.
I have seen brackets come loose and the tooth shifted in 2 weeks. See your orthodontist soon
Dr. Robert Stoner
Dr. Robert Stoner
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