Braces Maintenance

Eating with Braces

Although there are many factors that determine how long you have to wear braces the most frequent complication that prolongs orthodontic treatment is loose or broken brackets and wires. Most patients progress throughout treatment without any broken appliances. Unfortunately a loose bracket or broken wire that goes unnoticed can delay treatment for months. Inspecting your braces after every meal and notifying your orthodontic staff of any broken appliances immediately will keep your treatment on schedule. Hard, crunchy, crusty, or sticky foods are most frequently responsible for breaking appliances, however, improper brushing technique or oral habits like biting on pens or other objects can do the same types of damage.

Brushing and Flossing
It's more important than ever to brush 3 to 4 times a day and floss regularly when you have braces. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Patients should see their dentist or periodontist every 3-6 months during orthodontic treatment.

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Athletics

any of our patients are involved in sports, and it is important to ask your orthodontist how to take special precautions to protect your teeth and braces. A mouth guard is advised for use when playing contact sports. In case of an accident involving the face, check your mouth and appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances are damaged, call our office for an emergency appointment.

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