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The braces installed by your orthodontist, Dr. Lee A. Mahlmann, represent a serious investment in having a more functional mouth and a better smile. While your braces are intended to be rather durable, there are still certain things that can bend, loosen or damage a piece of the hardware. This is even more likely if you chew gum or eat sticky or hard foods.

If any part of your braces is damaged in some way, it could increase the amount of time you need to wear braces or it can lead to other serious complications.

When we initially installed your braces, Dr. Lee A. Mahlmann provided you a piece of special orthodontic wax. If something sharp is threatening to puncture your cheeks or gums, you should cover it with the orthodontic wax. If you don’t have the wax handy, you can improvise with a pencil eraser.

It’s not uncommon for a spacer to feel loose or fall out shortly before your next scheduled adjustment session. In a situation like this, you should call Lee A. Mahlmann, DDS, MS, Inc. for advice. The most likely course of action is to simply schedule an earlier adjustment session to tighten your braces and install a new spacer.

If you have any issues with your braces in Richmond, Texas, you shouldn’t hesitate to call Dr. Lee A. Mahlmann at 281-342-6311 to seek timely treatment and repair.