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While your braces are designed to be durable enough to handle chewing most normal foods, there are a few things that can damage them. If a piece of hardware is damaged, loosened or bent, it can affect the tension needed to realign your teeth. This can increase the number of adjustment sessions and total time it takes to achieve your ideal smile. So, seeking timely repair at Payson Orthodontics is essential for preventing complications from damaged braces.

When your orthodontist, Dr. Ben McDowell, 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 secure it inside the orthodontic wax. If you don’t have the wax handy, you can improvise with a pencil eraser.

You should never attempt to repair a damaged or bent piece of hardware. This would likely only result in more serious complications. It’s always best to let Dr. Ben McDowell’s highly skilled hands attend to it.

It’s not unheard of for a spacer to fall out shortly before you are due for your next adjustment session. In a situation like this, you should call Dr. Ben McDowell’s clinic for advice. In many of these cases, the best course of action is simply to schedule an earlier appointment.

If your braces in Payson, Arizona, are bent or damaged in any way, you should call 928-472-7223 to schedule an appointment at Dr. Ben McDowell’s orthodontic clinic.