The traditional braces installed in your mouth by our orthodontist represent a functional system capable of correcting the alignment of your teeth. With regularly scheduled adjustments your teeth will be brought into alignment for a healthier mouth and a more attractive smile.
Throughout the realignment process, you will need to take steps to maintain your braces as well as good oral hygiene. If a component is loosened or damaged, or you develop a cavity near a bracket, it could potentially alter the tension on your braces. Without timely treatment, this could extend the amount of time it takes to fully correct your misaligned teeth.
You should avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods as the suction and force could damage a braces component. You also need to avoid very hard foods as they could damage wires or knock a braces component lose.
If you are having trouble brushing and flossing around your braces hardware, you might want to try using an interdental brush, floss threader or a water flosser device. These simple oral hygiene tools can often help free bacterial deposits before they have a chance to promote tooth decay and gum disease.
If you had orthodontic braces installed at Dr. Joseph Wilson’s orthodontic office in Yuma, Arizona, and you have a question about how to maintain them, you can always call (928) 343-9559 to speak to a staff member at Yuma Orthodontics, Inc..