Through the course of several adjustment sessions your new braces will move your teeth into a new position to provide you with a better smile. If any part of your braces are damaged, loosened or simply break free, it will likely increase the duration you need to wear them. That being said, there are a few minor changes you can make to your daily habits to help keep your braces clean and free from damage.
Eating sticky foods and chewing gum can get stuck in and around the hardware of your braces. In some cases, this can actually bend wires, break off spacers or even dislodge one of the brackets cementing your braces to your teeth. At the same time eating crunchy, foods and biting down on hard candies also pose a similar threat. It’s also a good idea to avoid bad habits like chewing on hard objects, pencils, pens and ice.
When you were first fitted for your braces, your orthodontist at Dr. Ronald L. Champion, DDS gave you a piece of special orthodontic wax. If some part of your braces does happen to break or come loose, you can secure it in the wax to protect your mouth.
Be sure to maintain your daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing 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’re having problems flossing between your teeth, you might want to try using a floss threader with waxed floss. The waxy coating helps it slide into hard to reach places.
If you have questions or you are due for your next adjustment, please feel free to call Dr. Ronald L. Champion, DDS at 209.575.5888 to schedule your next appointment.