Dealing with Damage to your Braces

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Your braces represent a serious investment in improving the alignment of your teeth for a lifetime. Eating hard or sticky foods, chewing gum or chewing on hard objects can cause damage to your braces. Damage to your braces can increase the total amount of time you need to wear them.

If something breaks or comes loose, you should call us as soon as possible, so we can give you advice on how to mitigate the problem or schedule and appointment to fix it.

Your orthodontist gave you a special piece of orthodontic wax when your braces were installed. The metal brackets of your braces are cemented to your teeth with a resin adhesive. If a bracket comes loose and is irritating your cheek or gums you can secure it inside the wax until you can make it to your appointment.

If you do have a wire break, you shouldn’t try to bend or manipulate it as it still might be attached to other brackets. Instead secure the end in the orthodontic wax.

I you no longer have your orthodontic wax, you can use the end of a pencil eraser in a pinch.

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 914.472.9595 to schedule an appointment.