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Through the course of multiple adjustments, your braces in Richmond, Virginia, will effectively realign your teeth for a more functional mouth and appealing smile. When your orthodontist, Dr. Bryan Brassington, installed your braces, the appliance was intended to be durable. However, it is not impervious to damage that is caused by certain foods and activities.

If a wire, bracket or other part of your braces is bent, loosened or damaged, it could significantly increase your treatment time.

To help you, our Richmond Orthodontics team offers a few basic first-aid tips that will help you deal with any damage to your braces.

When your braces were installed, Dr. Bryan Brassington provided you with a piece of special orthodontic wax. If a broken wire or loose bracket threatens to harm your cheek or gums, you can cover it with the orthodontic wax to protect your mouth. If you don’t have the wax handy, you might try improvising with a pencil eraser.

It’s not uncommon for a spacer to come loose or even fall out of your mouth. If this happens, you should call Richmond Orthodontics and schedule an appointment so you can assess the situation. The most common solution is to schedule an earlier adjustment.

If some part of your braces is damaged, bent or loosened, you need to call Dr. Bryan Brassington at 804-740-7281 to schedule an appointment.