Loose or Damaged Braces Hardware Needs to Be Repaired

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The braces installed in your mouth at Vincent Team Orthodontics have several different pieces of orthodontic hardware. This includes wires, spacers, bands, and metal brackets that are cemented onto the faces of your teeth with a strong dental adhesive. They work synergistically to apply progressive tension to the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in your mouth.

If any part of the braces hardware is damaged or loosened, it can alter the tension on the periodontal ligaments. This could potentially increase the number of adjustment sessions and total duration it takes to realign your teeth. If you do notice a problem with some part of your braces, you shouldn’t hesitate to call 801-495-2560 to seek professional treatment with Dr. Scott Vincent.

If a piece of hardware is damaged or comes loose, 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 secure the sharp point inside the special orthodontic wax we provided when your braces were installed. If you don’t have the orthodontic wax on hand, you can improvise with a pencil eraser.

Spacers sometimes fall out shortly before you are due for your next adjustment session. Should this happen, you should contact Vincent Team Orthodontics to seek advice. In many cases, Dr. Scott Vincent will likely suggest scheduling an earlier appointment.

If any part of your braces is loosened or damaged in Sandy, Utah, you should call 801-495-2560 to speak to a member of our team.