Damaged Braces Need Urgent Repair to Avoid Complications in the Realignment Process

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Your orthodontist, Dr. Michael Jacobsen, installed your braces with the intention of aligning your teeth for a better functioning mouth and a more appealing smile.

The tension applied to your teeth during your routine adjustments gradually repositions each tooth. If any part of your braces is bent, loosened or otherwise damaged, it could affect this tension. Without timely repair, the resulting complications could significantly increase the amount of time it takes to achieve your ideal smile.

Chewing gum or sticky foods and crunching down on hard foods are some of the most common ways 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 any other part of your braces, you should not attempt to remove it.

The best way to handle a problem like this is to secure the sharp point inside the special orthodontic wax Dr. Michael Jacobsen gave you when he installed your braces. 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 shortly before you are due for your next adjustment session. If this happens, you should call Dr. Michael Jacobsen and he can assess the situation and determine the best course of action. In many of these cases, the simplest solution is to schedule an earlier adjustment session.

If some part of your braces is bent, loosened or damaged, you should not delay in calling Jacobsen & Maleeh Orthodontics at 760-951-7752 to have it repaired. We’re happy to help you have the best experience possible with your braces in Victorville, California.