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Your new braces installed in your mouth by Dr. Joseph A. Wilson will gradually realign your teeth through the course of iterative adjustments. The light tension applied to each tooth stretches the periodontal ligaments anchoring it in the socket. If you develop tooth decay problems or some part of your braces hardware is damaged, it could increase the total duration of the realignment process.

To reduce the chances of these complications, Dr. Joseph A. Wilson offers the following care and maintenance information.

There are some foods and activities that increase your chances of bending, damaging, or even loosening a piece of braces hardware. It’s best to avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods as this is the most common cause of problems. However, you should also be mindful of biting and chewing hard foods as this can also cause significant damage. This includes bad habits like nibbling on pencils and pens or crunching on ice.

If a damaged piece of hardware creates a sharp point that threatens to injure your mouth, you should secure it inside orthodontic wax. If you don’t have any wax easily on hand, you can improvise with a pencil eraser. Once your mouth is protected from harm, you should call (505) 325-8858 to consult with Dr. Joseph A. Wilson. We most likely will recommend that you come in as soon as possible to have it repaired.

Maintaining your daily oral hygiene routine is very important for preventing cavities and maintaining healthy gums. If you’re having trouble cleaning around the braces or flossing the spaces between your teeth, you might want to try using interdental brushes or a floss threader that uses waxed dental floss.

If you have questions about how to maintain your braces in Farmington, New Mexico, you can always call (505) 325-8858 to speak to someone at Orthodontics, Inc..