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Your braces are designed to realign your teeth through the course of periodic adjustments with your orthodontist, Dr. Eric Thiede. If any part of your braces hardware is loosened or damaged, or if you develop complications related to tooth decay, it could very likely increase the total duration of time it takes to achieve your ideal smile.  

Chewing gum, sticky foods, and hard foods are some of the most common ways that braces are damaged.

If a piece of hardware is damaged or comes loose, it could seriously injure your cheek or gums. If part of it is still attached to any other part of your braces, you should not attempt to remove it. Any sharp points in your mouth should be concealed within the orthodontic wax your orthodontist gave you when your braces were installed. If you don’t have it 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 Dr. Eric Thiede so he can assess the situation and determine the best course of action. In many cases, he will suggest an earlier adjustment session.

If some part of your braces is damaged, bent, or loosened, please don’t delay, give us a call at Black Lake Dental at 360-915-7353 to have it repaired as soon as possible. We wish you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!