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Your braces installed by your orthodontist, Drs. Layne K McCord & Matt McCoy, are designed to gradually realign your teeth through progressive adjustment sessions. If any part of your braces is bent, damaged, or loosened, it will likely increase the number of required adjustments. This will inevitably increase the amount of time it takes to achieve your ideal smile.

There are certain foods and activities that increase your chances of damaging your braces. Chewing on gum or sticky foods and crunching down on 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 it is still attached, 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.

Spacers can sometimes 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. In many cases, we will suggest scheduling a sooner adjustment.

If some part of your braces is damaged, bent, or loosened, you need to call 208.529.8333 to have it addressed and repaired.