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The hardware components of your braces are meant to hold the necessary tension to gradually correct the position and alignment of your teeth. They are intended to have the strength to handle biting and chew most foods.

However, excessively sticky and hard foods can potentially bend, damage, or loosen multiple braces components. When this happens it can alter the tension applied to your teeth and pose a threat to the soft tissues in your mouth.

If your braces are damaged or bent in any way, you should not delay in calling (505) 863-8100 to have your doctor address the problem. You should never attempt to repair the damaged braces yourself. This could cause undue complications and potentially harm your mouth.

If your braces suffered significant damage and a sharp point threatens to harm your cheek or gums, you can try to secure it inside a piece of orthodontic wax. If you don’t have any on hand, it might be possible to improvise with a piece of a pencil eraser.

If possible, you should avoid eating anything until your doctor and the orthodontic specialists have a chance to examine and address the damaged component.

If you are in the Gallup, New Mexico, are and you have suffered damage to your braces, you should call (505) 863-8100 to have it examined and repaired by the orthodontic specialists at Ortho*Dental, Inc.