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Your new set of braces represents a serious investment in having Dr. Joseph Wilson adjust your teeth for a better functioning mouth and more appealing smile. If any 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.

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and thoroughly cleaning your braces will go a long way towards preventing cavities. Interdental brushes or a floss threader with waxed dental floss might help you clean around some of the hard to reach places.

It’s also wise to avoid eating sticky foods and chewing gum as this can loosen brackets, bend wires or dislodge spacers. At the same time, braces can also be damaged by biting down repeatedly on hard and crunchy foods.

It’s also a good idea to curtail any bad habits, such as nibbling on hard objects like pencils, pens, or biting your fingernails. This can apply abnormal pressure on parts of your teeth and braces that could chip tooth enamel or damage a piece of hardware.

If any part of your braces hardware is damaged and is threatening to injure your mouth, you can secure any sharp points inside orthodontic wax or a piece of pencil eraser. This will help to protect your mouth while you are waiting for your appointment to have the problem repaired. 

If you have questions about how to properly clean and maintain your braces, you can always call Yuma Orthodontics, Inc.’s offices in Yuma, Arizona at (928) 343-9559 to set up a consultation.