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In recent years,braces have grown in popularity due to their cosmetic appeal. The possibility of having a straight smile intrigues many of us in our life. However, if your braces aren’t kept clean or they are damaged, it can injury your mouth and could also extend the amount of time you need to wear them.

Eating sticky foods and chewing gum can bend wires and bands or even pull a bracket loose from one of your teeth. Hard and crunchy foods as well as bad habits like chewing on pencils, pens and ice, can also cause significant damage. Any of these things can require you to wear the braces longer than the initial prescribed duration.

It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your twice each day. Some people complain that it can be hard to clean around braces. Interdental brushes, floss threaders with wax coated floss and dental water jets are all very useful tools, that you may want to try for removing food particles from between your teeth, and braces.

If you have questions or you are due for your next adjustment, please feel free to call us at 209.575.5888 to schedule your next appointment. Let us help you get the smile of your dreams.