Your braces represent a serious investment in improving the alignment of your teeth. A few minor changes in your daily habits can help you keep your teeth and braces clean, and reduce the chances of them being damaged. If something does break or come loose you should call us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to have the problem repaired. Even if the damaged area isn’t irritating your mouth, it is still making your braces less effective and will increase the amount of time you need to wear them.
While you are wearing braces it is good to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky or hard foods. This can bend wires, dislodge spacers, or even loosen bands and brackets. If you do have something break or come loose, you can secure it in your mouth inside the piece of orthodontic wax you were given when you were first fitted for your braces.
Participating in contact sports can pose a serious threat to your teeth, mouth and braces and teeth. Most of the time a retail level mouthguard does not offer adequate protection. You should talk to your dentist about a custom fitted mouth guard. They are designed to offer maximum protection, comfort, and ease of breathing.
You will need to maintain your oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice each day. Water jets, floss threaders with waxy floss and interdental brushes can also help you clean between your teeth and around the hardware.
If you have questions or you are due for your next adjustment, please feel free to call us at 978-250-1961 to schedule your next appointment.