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The braces installed in your mouth by Dr. Skeet Burris, Travis Fiegle & Katie Pluckett have been designed and assembled to be rather durable. However, they are not impervious to damage from certain foods and activities. If some piece of hardware bends, breaks or loosens, the change in tension could lead to alignment complications. It could even increase the number of adjustment sessions needed to achieve your ideal alignment. With that in mind, your orthodontist offers these simple tips to maintain your braces and oral health.

— Chewing gum and sticky and hard foods are some of the most common ways that braces are damaged. So please avoid doing so.

— If a piece of hardware is damaged, it could seriously injure your cheek or gums. If part of it is still attached to any other part of your braces, you should not attempt to remove it. The best way to handle a problem like this is to cover the sharp point with the special orthodontic wax Dr. Skeet Burris, Travis Fiegle & Katie Pluckett gave you when they installed your braces. If you don’t have the orthodontic wax on hand, you can improvise with a pencil eraser.

— It’s not unheard of for a spacer to fall out shortly before your next adjustment session. If this happens, you should call Dr. Skeet Burris, Travis Fiegle & Katie Pluckett and they can assess the situation and determine the best course of action. Most of the time, the best solution is to schedule an earlier adjustment session.

If some part of your braces is damaged, bent, or loosened, please call Winning Orthodontic Smiles at (843) 525-6228 for timely treatment and repair.