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Your wire and bracket braces represent a serious investment in improving the alignment of your teeth. While your braces are designed to be durable, they can still be damaged by certain activities, foods and lifestyle choices. Damage to your braces reduces their effectiveness and will increase the amount of time you have to wear them.

Eating certain foods and chewing gum can damage your braces. Sticky foods can easily get stuck and bend wires, loosen bands or cause the resin adhesive holding your brackets to come loose. It’s also a good idea to avoid crunchy foods and hard candy. This also includes chewing on hard objects like things like pencils, pens and ice.

If something does come loose, you can secure it inside a piece of orthodontic wax to keep it from injuring your cheek or gums.

Contact sports that involved blows to the face can also damage your braces. Retail level mouth guards don’t do a very good job of protecting your braces. In a situation like this, you should have your dentist fit you for a custom mouth guard. The unit is custom designed to protect your mouth while still offering comfort and breathability.

Be sure to brush and floss at least twice a day. A water jet or interdental brushes can also help you clean food particles and plaque from some of the hard to reach places.

If you have questions or you are due for your next adjustment, please feel free to call us at 214.824.2130 to schedule your next appointment.