Orthodontic treatment is already a pretty big time commitment, which is why if your braces ever become damaged you need to contact our team immediately. Broken braces can prolong your treatment time, which isn’t something anyone wants.
With that in mind, let’s go over a few of the most common issues that we see here at Yuma Orthodontics, Inc. and what you can do to help limit damage to your braces while undergoing orthodontic treatment from Dr. Joseph Wilson.
Eating sticky foods or chewing gum on a regular basis can bend the wires and loosen the brackets on your braces. A similar threat can be posed by eating hard foods or nibbling on foreign objects, like pens and pencils. If some part of your braces is bent, loosened or damaged, it will likely increase the amount of time it takes to effectively achieve the ideal alignment of your teeth.
When your orthodontist, Dr. Joseph Wilson, originally installed your braces, you were given a piece of special orthodontic wax. If something sharp is threatening to puncture your cheek or gums, you should cover it with the orthodontic wax. If you don’t have the wax handy, you can improvise with a pencil eraser.
If your braces have any sort of damage, call us immediately at 928-343-9559 and we’ll do what we can to help you get them fixed as soon as possible.