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If you are getting braces, you are making two fairly significant investments. The first is time. You will be wearing your braces for a number of months, possibly even over a year. The second is money. Orthodontics are not cheap, and while your the orthodontist is happy to work with you to make sure that you can pay for your services, you need to make sure that you get your money’s worth out of them

When our orthodontist, Dr. Lautt will give you a list of things to do and foods to avoid while your teeth are being realigned. However, life and accidents happen, and no matter how well you take care of your orthodontics, you may inadvertently eat something hard, tough or sticky, or life will just happen as it often does, and you may find yourself with damaged braces. Your first instinct may be to panic, which is normal. However, you need to remain calm and contact the orthodontist and make an appointment to have your braces fixed.

In the meantime, there are some temporary repairs you can make to your braces. But keep in mind that these are only temporary fixes. Just because a problem has gone away for the moment doesn’t mean that it is fixed. Only the orthodontist can permanently fix your braces.

If you break a wire, you might be able to push it back into place, but do so very carefully. If it is irritating your cheek or your gums, try covering it with dental wax. You may be tempted to trim the wire, but contact the orthodontist before you do so. Opinions are still split on the whether or not this is a good idea, since you could run the risk of swallowing or inhaling the piece of wire. Eating the wrong food can make a bracket come loose. If that happens, keep it covered in dental wax until you can see the orthodontist. A lost spacer is no cause for alarm, since it usually means that it is time to have a new band placed on your teeth. If a band comes loose let the orthodontist know, and if you can, save the bad and bring it with you to your next appointment. When you call the orthodontist, he will decide if you need to be seen right away, or if you can wait until your next appointment. But remember, you still need to come in to the office. Any repairs you make at home will get you through the immediate crisis, but only the orthodontist can fix your orthodontics properly.

If you are interested in orthodontic treatment in Ventura, California, we would love to talk with you at Coastal Orthodontic Care. We will be happy to tell you more about traditional braces, or discuss other alignment options with you If you would like to make an appointment for a consultation, call 805-650-1080 today and we will help you plan your visit!