Maintaining your Traditional Wire and Bracket Braces

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Your braces represent a serious investment in improving the alignment of your teeth. Your braces can be damaged by certain activities, foods and lifestyle choices. Damage to your braces reduces their effectiveness and will increase the amount of time you have to wear them.
Certain foods and chewing gum can damage your braces. The brackets are attached to your teeth with a resin adhesive. Sticky foods can get stuck which can bend wires loosen bands or cause a bracket to come loose. At the same time you need to try to avoid crunchy foods and hard candy. This also extends to bad habits like chewing on hard objects like things like pencils, pens and ice.

Keep your orthodontic wax on hand in case something does come loose.

Participating in contact sports can also damage your braces and the soft tissues in the mouth. Retail level mouth guards don’t do a very good job of protecting your braces. Your dentist can fit your for a custom mouth guard designed to protect your mouth while still offering comfort and breathability.

Be sure to brush and floss at least twice a day. A water jet or interdental brushes can also help you clean food particles and plaque from some of the hard to reach places.

If you have questions or you are due for your next adjustment, please feel free to call us at 703.494.4101 to schedule your next appointment.