Don’t Let a Loose Spacer Alarm You

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The orthodontic braces Dr. David S. Wilbanks installed in your mouth use a variety of orthodontic hardware components. This includes metal brackets, wires, bands, and spacers that create a dynamic system for gradually correcting the alignment, position, and orientation of your teeth.

This is done through a series of regularly timed adjustment sessions. Each will tighten your braces to affect the periodontal ligaments that hold your teeth in their respective sockets.

If some element of your braces is damaged or compromised it could significantly alter the tension on your braces. This could potentially increase the total duration of the realignment process.

In a situation like this, the wisest course of action is to contact our orthodontic clinic to determine the best course of action. This often calls for scheduling a timely appointment to assess the severity of the damage to your braces and repair the necessary components.

At the same time, you need not be overly alarmed if a spacer comes loose or even falls out shortly before your regularly scheduled adjustment appointment. This likely indicates that your periodontal ligaments have accepted their new position after the previous adjustment.

Most of the time our staff specialists will advocate scheduling an earlier adjustment appointment to replace the spacer. Then he will perform your next adjustment to correct the problem

If you are in the El Paso, Texas, area and you have a problem with your braces, you should call 915-581-5021 to schedule timely treatment with the orthodontic specialists at Wilbanks Orthodontics.