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Your braces were designed to gradually fix the misalignment of your smile. When you chew gum, eat sticky, or hard foods, there is a chance that a spacer or wire can loosen. If this happens, the tension on your braces and teeth may be affected. If it isn’t addressed in a timely manner, it can increase the number of adjustments and the time required to fully correct your misaligned teeth.

Even if the damage to your braces is only minor, you should not attempt to improvise your own repair. Your braces are a rather sophisticated and complicated appliance. The tension applied to it to fix your malocclusion requires professional adjustments, and any damage means that professional tools and training are needed to repair or replace the affected component without causing long-term harm to your teeth or gums.

If your damaged braces are making any part of your mouth uncomfortable with a sharp point, you can gently press it into a piece of orthodontic wax. If you don’t have any on hand you might be able to use a piece of a pencil eraser.

If you are in the New York, New York, area and you have damaged braces, call 212-327-2623 to have it repaired at Celenza, Frank DDS, PC as soon as possible.