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Your orthodontist, Dr. Shelley Tretter, installed your braces into your mouth to gradually reposition your teeth. If any part of your braces is bent or damaged or if it comes loose, it will likely increase the duration of time it takes to attain your final smile.

There are certain foods and activities that increase your chances of damaging your braces. Things like chewing gum or eating sticky foods has the potential to pull braces hardware loose. On the other end of the spectrum, crunching down on hard foods can also bend wires or knock bands, spacers, and brackets loose.

Sometimes a loosened or damaged piece of braces hardware can cause a sharp point that threatens to injure your mouth. You can protect your tongue, cheek, or gums by securing the sharp point inside special orthodontic wax. If you don’t have any on hand, you can improvise with a pencil eraser.

It’s not unheard of for a spacer to come loose or fall out shortly before you are due for your next adjustment session. If this happens, you should call Shelley A Tretter DMD MS INC as soon as possible. In most cases, we might suggest scheduling a sooner adjustment.

If you have damaged braces in Cincinnati, Ohio, you should call 513-697-9999 as soon as possible to have it examined and repaired at Shelley A Tretter DMD MS INC.