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Your braces represent a serious investment in improving the alignment of your teeth for a lifetime. Your braces can be damaged by certain activities, foods and lifestyle choices. When this happens it can increase the total amount of time you need to wear them. If your braces are damaged you should call us as soon as possible. We can advise you on how to handle the problem or schedule an appointment to fix it.

The metal brackets and wires of your traditional braces attach to your teeth using a resin adhesive. Eating sticky foods and chewing gum can get stuck in your braces even breaks wires and brackets loose. This is also true for eating crunchy foods, hard candy and chewing on things like pens, pencils and ice.

When you were first fitted for your braces the orthodontist gave you a special piece of orthodontic wax. If a metal bracket is poking into your cheek or gums or you have a broken wire you can secure it inside the wax until you can make it to your appointment.

Spacers can sometimes fall out when you are due for a new one. If one of the metal bands comes loose don’t try to put it back on. Call use as soon as possible and we’ll be able to determine if it needs to be cemented back on immediately or if it can wait until your next adjustment appointment.

If you have something broken on your braces please call us at 408.251.7901 to schedule an appointment.