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The braces hardware installed in your mouth at Dr. Jared Mayer, DMD and Kurt Bazilus, DDS’s Phoenix, Arizona clinic have been designed to handle the rigors of chewing common foods. Yet they are not impervious to damage. In fact, there are certain foods, bad habits and daily activities that can put your braces at risk. If something is damaged, bent or comes loose, it could alter the tension on your braces, increasing the total duration of the realignment process.

Sticky substances like chewing gum, and other sticky foods can bend, damage or knock loose a bracket. A similar threat is posed by eating hard and crunchy foods. If possible, it’s best to avoid these foods, or to cut them down into small pieces that you can simply pop into your mouth.

At the same time, certain bad habits, like nibbling on foreign objects, or improvising your teeth as tools, can also damage braces hardware. These things could also chip a tooth, and the necessary treatment could also alter the tension on your braces.

If an element of your braces feels loose, comes out or is damaged in some way, you should not delay in calling 480-359-1473 to seek advice and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jared Mayer, DMD and Kurt Bazilus, DDS.

In the interim you might also need to take measure to protect your mouth from harm, caused by the damage hardware. When we installed your braces, you were given a piece of special orthodontic wax. If a loose bracket, band, or broken wire is poking into your cheek or gums, you should try to secure it inside the wax. If you don’t have the wax handy, you might be able to make do with a pencil eraser.

There are times when a spacer comes loose or falls out before a routine adjustment session. If this happens, you should call our offices. In many of these situations, the easiest remedy is to schedule an earlier adjustment session.

If any part of your braces is damaged, you should not delay in calling 480-359-1473 to seek professional attention at Dr. Jared Mayer, DMD and Kurt Bazilus, DDS’s Phoenix, Arizona orthodontic clinic.