Are My Braces Working?

Braces Union County, NJ

Dr. Hummert and the staff at Garden State Orthodontics provide their patients with the best orthodontic care in Union County, NJ. They work hard to ensure that every patient is provided with the appropriate, gentle, and affordable care with braces and expect to solve any orthodontic problem.

Braces are made with three basic parts: a bracket, a bonding mechanism or band, and an archwire. These all work to help with improving the development of your teeth, bite and jaw. If you’re experiencing a difference in the function of your appliance, such as a loose brace or bracket, it may be broken and thus isn’t delivering the effective treatment your teeth need. The team at Garden State Orthodontics in Union County, NJ are experts in informing and guiding patients on how to keep their braces in good working order and on track to deliver the best treatment outcome possible.

What can cause harm to my braces?

  • Hard candies
  • Ice cubes
  • Gum, gummies, and other hard or sticky foods
  • Injury to the face

There are several factors that can ultimately cause damage to your braces and prevent them from working as designed. The team at Garden State Orthodontics know that sticky substances such as gum or hard foods can cause damage to the brackets and/or the wires. When adjusting to a newly fitted set of braces, it’s important to stay proactive and keep them safe, for instance, by eating softer foods at least initially. Stay aware of what foods you’re eating and what activities you are participating in. Not only will this keep your appliance safe, but it will ensure your continued oral health, as well.

There are some clear signs that your braces need to be fixed:

  • Loose or missing bracket
  • Broken or loose wire
  • Severe discomfort or pain in your teeth, mouth, and/or jaw

Here are some suggestions on how to avoid discomfort:

  • Create a diet of soft food (e.g., pasta, soups, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and other soft stuff).
  • Rinse with warm salt water 2-to-3 times a day.
  • Consult with your doctor and take an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed.

It’s normal to feel discomfort in and around your mouth while wearing braces, especially if they’ve been newly fitted. This pain doesn’t necessarily mean your braces are broken or ill-fitting. However, Dr. Hummert says that if you continue to experience pain in your teeth, mouth or jaw, call your orthodontist immediately.

Dont wait.

If you are an orthodontic patient and you think you’re experiencing a problem with your braces, waiting for your next appointment with your orthodontist may do more harm than good in the progress of straightening your smile. Don’t wait. Contact Garden State Orthodontics in Union County, NJ at: (973) 379-4471


Dr. Hummert and the team at Garden State Orthodontics are experts in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Springfield, NJ, Maplewood, NJ, Union, NJ, Summit, NJ, or the 07081 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hummert contact Garden State Orthodontics at: (973) 379-4471