Over the course of multiple adjustment sessions, your new braces will effective realign your teeth to give you a more functional mouth and a winning smile. Adapting a few minor lifestyle habits and a diligent approach to your daily oral hygiene routine, you will limit your chances of developing cavities and keep your braces free from damage.
Should any part of your braces become damaged, or you develop cavities, it could significantly increase the amount of time Orthodontics, Inc. needs to adjust and realign your teeth.
We strongly encourage you to place special focus on your daily oral hygiene routine to help prevent cavities. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day as well as cleaning in and around your braces. Interdental brushes or a floss threader with wax coated floss, can help you clean around some of the hard to reach places in your mouth.
It’s a good idea to cut back or completely avoid eating sticky foods and chewing gum and eating sticky foods can bend wires, loosen brackets or dislodge spacers. Your braces can also be damaged by biting down repeatedly on hard and crunchy foods. You should also curb bad habits like nibbling on hard objects, pencils, pens and ice or chewing on your fingernails. This can apply abnormal pressure on parts of your teeth and braces that could lead to serious complications.
If any part of your braces hardware is damaged and threatening to injure your mouth, you can secure it in the special orthodontic wax you were given when Orthodontics, Inc. initially installed your braces. This will help to protect your mouth while you are waiting for your appointment to have the problem repaired.
If you have questions about how to properly clean and maintain your braces, you can call Orthodontics, Inc. at (505) 325-8858 to schedule a consultation.