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Orthodontic treatment is a lot to deal with, but it’s even more work when you’re putting up with broken braces. This is why, if any of your braces break or fail in any way, you need to get immediate attention to have them fixed. This way, you can stay on schedule to have your braces off when you originally planned – and see that amazing smile you’ve been looking forward to for so long.

It’s entirely possible to avoid broken braces in the first place, however. Let’s look at some tips Dr. Layne K McCord & Matt McCoy has to help you avoid breaking your braces.

Chewing on gum or sticky 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 another 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 McCord Orthodontics so we can assess the situation and determine the best course of action.

If you do any of the above, you should stop them soon so you don’t put your braces at risk. If you do break something, however, then call us as soon as possible at 208.529.8333 so we can fix your braces quickly.