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Your new braces will need to be adjusted at routine intervals to allow Dr. Joshua Knowles to fully correct the alignment of your teeth. If an orthodontic component is damaged or compromised in some way it could alter the tension on your dental sockets and increase the amount of time it takes to properly realign your teeth.

To help prevent these problems Dr. Joshua Knowles recommends a few things you can do to maintain the structural integrity of your braces while also helping to prevent tooth decay problems.   

Sticky substances like taffy, caramel, candy, chewing gum and other sticky foods can compromised braces hardware in a variety of ways. The suction could potentially pull a bracket or spacer out of position. In an extreme case, sticky substances could possibly bend a wire.

On the other end of the spectrum, biting into tough and hard foods or crunching down on ice can also bend wires and damage braces hardware. Sometimes like beef jerky could damage a band, or leave a sharp point in your mouth.

If some part of your braces is bent or damaged, you need to have it examined and repaired by Dr. Joshua Knowles to prevent further complications.

If you are in the Temple, Texas, area and you have damaged braces, you should call 254-773-8028 to have it repaired at Smile at the World Orthodontics.