The wires, brackets, spacers and bands of your traditional braces represent a serious investment in providing you with the ideal alignment for your teeth. It your braces are damaged it most likely will lengthen the amount of time you have to need to wear them.
Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can bend wires, loosen brackets, knockout spacers or even get seriously stuck. This is the number one cause of damaged braces. You should also avoid eating crunchy foods, hard candy and chewing on things like pens, pencils and ice.
If you play in contact sports, you should ask your dentist about a custom mouth guard. Blows to the head and face can cause serious damage to your braces and the rest of your mouth. In some cases, it can even lead to concussion. A custom mouth guards can be designed to protect your mouth while still offering comfort and breathability.
Make sure you brush and floss at least twice a day. If you have trouble using floss you might want to buy a floss threader. Interdental brushes can also remove 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 (978) 454-0977 to schedule your next appointment.