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The braces installed by your orthodontist, Dr. Deji Fashemo, are designed to realign your teeth through the course of routine adjustments. Each adjustment applies progressive tension to your periodontal ligaments, which gradually moves your teeth into their ideal position. If any part of your braces is bent, damaged or loosened, it could alter the tension on your teeth and increase the duration of the realignment process.

Your orthodontist at Fourth Dimension Orthodontics & Craniofacial Orthopedics offers these helpful tips so you can manage damaged braces.

When we first installed your braces in Allen and Dallas, Texas, we should have given you a piece of special orthodontic wax. If a piece of hardware is damaged and a sharp point threatens to injure your cheek or gums, you can try to secure the broken hardware with the orthodontic wax to protect your mouth. If you don’t have the orthodontic wax on hand, you can improvise with a pencil eraser.

It’s not uncommon for a spacer to fall out of your mouth. If this happens, you should give us a call. We will most likely move your next adjustment session to an earlier time.

If any part of your braces is loose or damaged, you should not delay in calling Fourth Dimension Orthodontics & Craniofacial Orthopedics to have it repaired as soon as possible. Our Dallas office can be reached at 972-947-2000 and our Allen office at 972-947-2200.