Your new braces will effectively realign your teeth through the course of several adjustment sessions. Missing an alignment session or damage caused to the wires and brackets of your braces, will increase the amount of time you need to wear them. A few changes in your daily habits and a diligent oral hygiene routine minimize the amount of time it takes to give you an ideal smile.
Eating sticky foods or chewing gum can easily loosen brackets, bend wires and bands, or even dislodge spacers. Eating crunchy foods, hard candies and chewing on ice can also damage your braces. This is also true of bad habits like chewing on pencils, pens, and other hard objects.
If you play in contact sports, you should talk to your dentist or orthodontist about a custom fitted mouth guard. This unit will help protect braces and teeth from damage caused by a blow to the face.
You can keep your teeth healthy and your braces clean by brushing and flossing twice each day as part of your oral hygiene routine A water jet or interdental brushes can also help you clean food particles and plaque from some of the hard to reach places.
If something does break and it is irritating your cheek or gums, you can secure it inside the piece of special orthodontic wax you were given when your braces were first fitted. Then call us at (978) 454-0977 to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.