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Braces are designed to realign your teeth by applying progressive tension to them. This effectively stretches the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring each tooth in the socket. Each adjustment will bring the teeth one step closer to your ideal smile. If your braces are damaged in some way, the resulting complications can increase the length of time it takes to achieve your ideal smile. To help you maintain your braces in Temple, Texas, your orthodontist, Dr. Joshua Knowles, offers the following insights.

Chewing on gum or sticky foods and crunching down on hard foods are some of the most common ways braces are damaged.

If a piece of hardware is damaged or comes loose, it could seriously injure your cheek or gums. If it is still attached, you should not attempt to remove it. The best way to handle a problem like this is to secure the sharp point inside the special orthodontic wax your orthodontist provided to you when your braces were installed. If you don’t have the orthodontic wax on hand, you can improvise with a pencil eraser.

It’s not unheard of for a spacer to fall out shortly before you are due for your next adjustment session. If this happens, you should call us at 254-773-8028. It might be that the simplest solution is to schedule an earlier adjustment session.

If any part of your braces is loose or damaged, you should call Smile at the World Orthodontics to schedule an appointment and have it repaired as soon as possible.