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Your braces represent a serious investment in realigning your teeth to give you an appealing smile and a healthy mouth. While they are designed to be rather durable there are still certain activities, foods and little bad habits that can damage your braces. If your braces are damaged, it will likely increase the total amount of time you need to wear them. When this happens you should call Dr. John R. Schouten at 801.491.9372 to schedule an appointment to have the problem addressed as soon as possible.

If for some reason you can’t immediately contact Dr. John R. Schouten there are a few things to keep in mind that can help manage the problem until he can see you.

When you were first fitted for your braces you were given a piece of special orthodontic wax. If something is poking into your cheek or gums, you should try to secure it inside the orthodontic wax. If you don’t have the wax handy, you can make do in a pinch with a pencil eraser.

It’s not unheard of to have a spacer fall out shortly before you are due for your next adjustment session. If you have a metal band come off don’t try to put it back on. You should call Dr. John R. Schouten as soon as possible so he can assess the situation and determine the best course of action.

If some part of your braces is damaged, bent, loose or, please call Dr. John R. Schouten at 801.491.9372 to schedule an appointment.