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The new set of braces fitted on your teeth by Dr. James Metcalf & Amit Lala will realign your teeth for an even and healthy smile. Early on, the braces might take a little getting used to but a few minor changes in your everyday habits and mindful cleaning in your daily oral hygiene routine, you will get used to them. If a part of your braces is damaged, or you develop tooth decay problems, it will likely increase the amount of time you need to wear braces.

Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can bend wires, loosen brackets or dislodge spacers. Biting down repeatedly into crunchy, hard foods and chewing on ice and hard candies also bend wires and damage other hardware. This also extends to bad habits like chewing on hard objects, pencils, pens and ice.

If a bracket, wire, or band breaks loose, you can secure any sharp points by using the special orthodontic wax Dr. James Metcalf & Amit Lala gave you. This will help to protect your mouth until you can get it repaired. If you don’t have the wax readily on hand, you can use a pencil eraser in a pinch.

It’s important to maintain your daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice each day. If you have trouble cleaning around the braces or flossing the spaces between your teeth, you might want to try using interdental brushes or a floss threader with wax coated floss.

If you have questions about how to clean or take care of your braces or some part of your braces is damaged or loose, please call Dr. James Metcalf & Amit Lala at 978-250-1961 to schedule your next appointment.