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The braces that were installed in your mouth at Dr. Michael Jacobsen’s orthodontic clinic in Victorville, California, are an important part of the process of correcting the alignment of your teeth. This is done through routine adjustment sessions designed to apply progressive tension to your teeth. As time goes by, this will gradually change their position for a more appealing smile and a healthier mouth.

Maintaining your braces throughout the realignment process is very important. If any piece of braces hardware is damaged or if it comes loose, it could affect the tension applied to your teeth. This could increase the total amount of time needed to correct the alignment of your teeth.

Certain things like chewing gum and eating sticky foods can pose a serious threat to your braces. The suction created has the potential to loosen a bracket, bend a wire, or pull a spacer loose.

Eating hard foods could also damage your braces by bending a wire, breaking a band, or even knocking a bracket free from a tooth. This also extends to other activities like chewing on ice, biting your fingernails, or improvising your teeth as tools.

If you had braces installed at Jacobsen Orthodontics and a component was damaged, you should call 760-951-7752 to schedule an appointment.