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What Happens if You Swallow a Bracket or Wire?

Dental Care

Anyone receiving orthodontic treatment runs the risk of swallowing orthodontic brackets.  The orthodontist will advise them to avoid eating hard foods like nuts since the brackets might come loose and the patient could swallow them. Attempting to tighten a loose bracket often results in someone swallowing a brace bracket.

The orthodontic bracket may also come loose and be swallowed by the patient if the teeth are brushed incorrectly, or dental floss or toothpicks are used incorrectly.  Rarely could you swallow an orthodontic bracket. However, patients should be informed of the precautions that must be taken as well as any potential hazards in the event that an orthodontic bracket is swallowed.

What Do You Need to Do?

Don’t worry if you swallow a braces bracket; it’s not as bad as you would think. The bracket will often go through your body on its own. Because brackets are constructed of ceramic and titanium, your stomach’s acid won’t dissolve them; instead, you’ll have to pass it. But sometimes, you may need to see a doctor. 

Do not induce vomiting if you swallow any metal or sharp braces. The piece might harm an organ on the way up if you attempt to vomit it back up. If you are concerned that the piece may need to be removed from your stomach or from another area of your body, it is recommended to visit the hospital.

Signs and Symptoms that Need Medical Attention

The worst worry is that the bracket can become stuck in your lung. You’ll be able to tell because you’ll have trouble breathing and maybe have chest discomfort. You may also have stomach problems, thus your bracket may be at blame if you get abdominal discomfort or an unsettled stomach.

You may see a doctor in each of these scenarios to receive an X-ray and learn what’s wrong. You may ask your doctor whether the bracket has to be taken out. There is a 90% likelihood that the bracket will naturally travel through your body due and in a day or two, whatever is left will be eliminated. 

To aid you with this process, you may also consume high-fiber foods like corn and bread. Food is broken down in our stomach by pepsin and hydrochloric acid. 

Set Up a Consultation With Your Orthodontist!

You may make an appointment with our staff at Tringas Orthodontics to have your bracket changed, provided the bracket moved normally and no health issues arose.

In order to stop your teeth from moving out of alignment, we want to get you back on track with your orthodontic treatment as quickly as feasible. As long as the lost bracket is replaced fairly promptly, your treatment shouldn’t be affected.

Do you have concerns about your child’s suitability for braces or orthodontic treatment in general? Contact Tringas Orthodontists by calling 407-876-2991 for a free consultation. Visit Tringas Orthodontics at one of our 2 locations. Our Orlando location is in Lake Nona where we also serve St Cloud residents at 13250 Narcoossee Rd, Suite #100, Orlando, FL 32832. Our Windermere office, where we also serve Dr. Phillips, Winter Garden, Metro West and Ocoee, is located at 422 Main St, #2, Windermere, FL 34786.

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