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Your 360 Orthodontics orthodontist installed your braces to realign your teeth through the course of progressive adjustment sessions. If any part of your braces hardware is loosened or damaged, it very likely could increase the number of adjustment sessions needed to attain your ideal smile. At the same time, oral health complications like tooth decay or gum disease can also pose a similar problem. To that end, Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla recommends these basic tips to help manage any problems while you seek timely treatment and repair.

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 360 Orthodontics so we can assess the situation and determine the best course of action. Most of the time, the best solution is to schedule an earlier adjustment session.

If some part of your braces in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, is damaged, bent, or loosened, you need to call 360 Orthodontics at 440-243-9575 to seek timely treatment and repair.