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When your orthodontist, Dr. Kirby Nelson, installed your new braces, they were designed to be durable enough to handle the daily wear and tear of eating most normal foods. However, there are things like chewing gum or eating very sticky or hard foods that can potentially damage the hardware of your braces.

Should some part of your braces come loose, bend or completely break off, your orthodontist recommends these basic tips to minimize complications. Then, you should call our orthodontic clinic at 425-888-1896. Any delay could extend the treatment time needed to effectively realign your teeth.

When the orthodontist installed your braces, you were provided with a piece of special orthodontic wax. If a loose bracket, band or wire is poking into your cheek or gums, you should try to cover it with the orthodontic wax. If you don’t have the wax handy, you might be able to improvise by pushing the object back into place with a pencil eraser.

Sometimes a spacer might fall out shortly before you are due for your next adjustment session. In a situation like this, our orthodontic team will often recommend an earlier adjustment session.

If any part of your braces is bent, loosened or damaged in any way, you should not delay in contacting Kirby Nelson Orthodontics at 425-888-1896 to have your braces in North Bend, Washington, repaired as soon as possible.