Can You Wear a Broken Invisalign Brace?

If you've accidentally dropped or stepped on one of your Invisalign braces and damaged it, then you may not be sure what to do. You know that it's important to wear your braces most of the time, but you don't want to put one back in if it will do more harm than good. What's your best move?

How Bad Is the Damage?

Sometimes, an Invisalign brace will crack rather than break. Typically, if the only damage you can see is a crack in the plastic and the brace seems OK otherwise, then you may want to just put it back in for the time being.

If the crack has split the brace, then it may not be wearable. This can happen if the plastic splits but still holds together or if it breaks apart completely. Even if the brace is still in one piece but has a split in it, you may find that it has lost some of its fit. It may be too loose to wear or may feel crooked in your mouth.

In this case, you may want to hold off from putting the brace back in. It may be a better idea to switch to a different set of braces for now.

Where Are You in Your Schedule?

If your brace has split or cracked so badly that it has lost its structure and shape, then you may be able to switch to a previous one. This will at least keep your teeth in a holding pattern until you sort the problem out.

For example, if you've only been wearing the brace that is cracked for a day or two so far, then you could switch back to wearing the previous brace. Your teeth won't have moved that much yet, so the old one should still fit. This at least keeps your teeth in place until you work out what to do about the cracked brace. Alternatively, if you're close to switching the cracked brace for the next one, then it may not do any harm to do this a day or two early. Your teeth should have moved by this stage and are likely to be in the right places for the next stage of the treatment.

If you aren't sure what to do for the best, play it safe and contact your dentist. They can tell you whether you need to have a replacement brace made and, if so, which Invisalign stage you should switch to until it is ready.