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The braces installed by your orthodontist, Dr. Christopher Liang, are designed to effectively realign your teeth over the course of successive adjustment sessions. Even though the braces are durable, there are certain activities, foods and bad habits that could potentially loosen or damage the hardware. If you do have a problem, it could increase the amount of time needed to fully realign your teeth.

To help minimize potential complications, Dr. Christopher Liang offers these basic first-aid tips to help you while you await your repair appointment.

When Dr. Christopher Liang originally installed your braces, he gave you a piece of special orthodontic wax. If a loose bracket, band or wire is poking your cheek or gums, you should try to cover it with the orthodontic wax. If you don’t have the wax on hand, you might want to try improvising with a pencil eraser.

It’s also worth remembering that spacers can sometimes fall out of place. If this happens, you should call Straight Smile at your earliest convenience to have it addressed. Most likely, he will simply recommend that you come in for an earlier adjustment.

If any part of your braces is damaged, you need to call our office at 301-841-9348 to have it repaired as soon as possible.