Your metal wire and bracket braces represent a serious investment in improving the form and function of your mouth. Damage to your braces can lengthen the amount of time you have to need to wear them.
Sticky foods and gum can get stuck in your braces causing damage or even breaking something loose. You should also try to avoid eating crunchy foods, hard candy and chewing on things like pens, pencils and ice.
Let your orthodontist know in advance if you are going take part in any contact sports. Your mouth and your braces can be damaged by blows to the head and face. A custom mouth guards can be designed to protect your mouth while still offering comfort and breathability.
Be sure to brush and floss at least twice a day. If you have trouble using floss you might want to buy a floss threader. 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 385-367-2764 to schedule your next appointment.