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The braces installed in your mouth by Dr. John R. Schouten will gradually realign your teeth through the course of successive adjustments. They are intended to be durable enough to handle biting and chewing most normal foods. Yet there are still some things like chewing gum and eating sticky and hard foods that could potentially cause damage to your braces.

If any part of your braces is bent, loosened or damaged in some way, it could increase the number of adjustment sessions needed to achieve your ideal smile. This will likely increase the total amount of time you need to wear braces. If you do develop a problem with your braces, it’s important that you seek timely repair at Schouten Orthodontics. In the meantime, there are a few measures you can take to help limit complications.

When Dr. John R. Schouten installed your braces, he gave you a piece of special orthodontic wax. If a loose bracket, loose band or broken wire is poking into your cheek or gums, you should try to secure it inside the wax. If you don’t have the wax handy, you might be able to make do with a pencil eraser.

It’s also not uncommon for a spacer to come loose or fall out shortly before a scheduled adjustment session. If this happens, you should give us a call. We might simply recommend that you come in for an earlier adjustment and have the spacer replaced.

If any part of your braces is damaged, you should not delay in calling us at 801.491.9372 to have it repaired as soon as possible. We’re happy to help you with your braces in Springville, Utah!