Whenever an orthodontic bracket has to be bonded to a surface other than enamel, the bond strength is weaker, which can make the bracket come loose. Examples of this include teeth with porcelain crowns, porcelain or composite veneers, teeth with amalgam fillings, or hypo or hyper calcified enamel.
Take Control. Unfortunately, you can't glue a bracket back on yourself. But here are a few things you can do to relieve discomfort and hopefully make it easier for your orthodontist to fix the problem. If you have a loose bracket: Brackets are metal or ceramic pieces that are attached to each tooth.
Is it normal for brackets to pop off? If a bracket is correctly installed, and the wearer is taking due care, brackets shouldn't fall off. However, it's not uncommon for them to loosen, even if your orthodontist has fixed them properly.
Once the bracket has become loose, it poses a choking hazard, particularly while you are sleeping or if you play sports. If the break is severe and the rubber band has come off in addition to the bracket, you should try to take it off yourself to prevent this from happening.
The broken bracket may cause a wire to protrude out of place. If this happens, it's best to clip the wire with a pair of fingernail clippers. As you do this, make sure to clip the wire as close to the bracket as possible. You want to avoid having cuts inside your mouth.
Allows for the control or maintenance of the vertical discrepancy between the first and second molars. Allows orthodontists to more easily address the transverse discrepancy between the first and second molars. Reduced likelihood of bond failures at these teeth.
If you eat hard foods, get hit in the head, or even just bite your fingernails, your brackets could come loose. This can also happen through no fault of your own - sometimes the bond between the teeth and braces just isn't as strong as it should be.
Call your orthodontist. You should always call your orthodontist's office as soon as this happens. They can give you the appropriate guidance depending on what type of braces you have and your personal situation. They may ask you to make an appointment right away, depending on the severity of the break.
Sometimes the tooth will not be as clean as it appears therefore allowing the bracket to eventually fall off. There are also some cements that might not be as strong and saliva and water can eventually loosen the bracket. Some Orthodontists will fiddle around with the bracket trying to get it in just the right place.
Chewing ice and eating hard or sticky foods can cause brackets to come off. We know it's tough to give up these foods, but doing so will mean that your braces work faster and you'll wear them for less time. It's basically short term sacrifice for long term beauty.