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The braces hardware installed in your mouth by Dr. Victoria Lynskey are designed to be durable. They are secured in place with a strong dental-grade adhesive. However, the braces hardware can be damaged by certain foods and lifestyle choices.

To help reduce the chances of a problem occurring with your braces, Dr. Victoria Lynskey offers the following tips.

Things like chewing gum, eating sticky foods and crunching on hard foods can bend, damage or loosen a piece of braces hardware. This is even more likely to be an issue if you have a bad habit of nibbling on foreign objects.

If an element of your braces feels loose, if it comes out or if it is damaged in some way, you should not delay in calling 707-525-1180 to seek professional advice and attention at Victoria Lynskey DMD, MDS, Orthodontist. Should you procrastinate seeking professional attention, the damage to your braces could increase the number of adjustment sessions needed to attain your final smile.

In the interim you might also need to take measures to protect your mouth from harm that is caused by the damaged hardware. When Dr. Victoria Lynskey installed your braces, you were given a piece of special orthodontic wax. If a loose bracket or band or broken wire is poking into your cheek or gums, you should try to secure it inside the wax. If you don’t have the wax handy, you might be able to make do with a pencil eraser.

There are times when a spacer comes loose or falls out before a routine adjustment session. If this happens, you should call our office. In many of these situations, the easiest remedy is to schedule an earlier adjustment session.

If any part of your braces is damaged in Santa Rosa, California, you should not delay in calling 707-525-1180 to seek professional attention from Dr. Victoria Lynskey.