Loose braces are a common issue for those that wear them, and they must be dealt with as soon as possible to ensure the success of their treatment.
In todays article, we are going to cover some common reasons why your braces may become loose and what you need to do as soon as you encounter the issue.
What Causes Your Braces to Become Loose?
Unfortunately, braces will loosen from time to time and the reasons for this can vary. Let’s take a quick look at some of these reasons in detail, so you know how to recognise each possible scenario.
Moving Teeth – During your treatment your teeth will move in accordance with your growth and the corrective alignment of your braces. As these teeth move there will be a change in bite as your teeth come together. This change can cause your braces to loosen.
Bad Connection Between Bracket and Tooth – When the brackets have been attached to surfaces other than a normal tooth, such as porcelain or silver fillings, the bond can be compromised. This can also happen in cases where saliva is present on the tooth during the initial attachment.
Eating Bad and/or Hard Foods – Eating food your orthodontist has advised against is not only bad for maintaining hygiene; it can also cause dislodgement of your braces.
Trauma and Impact – Harsh knocks to the face can cause your braces to loosen and even deform in extreme instances. This is one of the wost causes, as not only will there be a need for readjustment; it can also result in lacerations and further discomfort.
What to do if Your Braces Become Loose
No matter the cause, you should always contact your orthodontist as soon as possible. In the mean time, using orthodontic wax may provide relief from potential discomfort.
It is imperative, for the success of your treatment, that you see your orthodontist as soon as possible. Any loosening or dislodgment can cause the affected teeth to fall behind in treatment and may take months to catch-up if not properly seen to.