Dr. Jim Watson and the staff here at Watson Orthodontics provide patients with the best orthodontic care with braces in Houston, TX. We at Watson Orthodontics also work hard to ensure that every patient is provided with the appropriate, affordable, and gentle care that they need and expect. If you ever find that you’re experiencing a difference in the function of your braces, such as a loose brace or bracket, let us know! Helping our patients achieve the best end results is priority to our team of experts.

What Can Cause Harm to My Braces?

  • Hard candies
  • Ice cubes
  • Sticky foods
  • Injury to the face

There are several factors that can ultimately cause damage to your appliance and prevent it from working as designed. And we here at Watson Orthodontics especially warn our patients of sticky substances such as gum and candy as they can easily cause damage to the brackets and/or wires. Additionally, after any adjusting/tightening appointment with Dr. Watson, it is important that patients eat softer foods at least initially.

Some Signs That Your Braces Need to Be Fixed

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

Ways to Avoid Discomfort While Wearing Braces.

  • Create a soft food diet (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 about over-the-counter pain relievers

It’s normal to feel discomfort in and/or around your mouth while wearing braces, especially if they’ve just been tightened and/or adjusted. This pain doesn’t necessarily mean your braces are broken or ill-fitting. However, if you continue to experience pain in your teeth, mouth or jaw, call Dr. Watson immediately.

Don’t Wait!

If you’re experiencing a problem with your braces, waiting for your next appointment with Dr. Watson may do more harm than good in the progress of straightening your smile. So don’t wait, contact Dr. Watson and the team here at Watson Orthodontics in Houston, TX immediately.


Dr. Jim Watson and the team at Watson Orthodontics are experts in orthodontia. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, Invisalign, and/or teeth whitening in the 77429 zip code area: Cypress, Harris County, Houston, Spring, or Tomball, TX, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Watson, contact Watson Orthodontics at: 281.955.7612