Posted .

Your braces are designed to correct malocclusion and improve the function and appearance of your smile. This is done by applying a light amount of tension to the braces, which stretches the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in your mouth. If any part of your braces is damaged, bent or pulled loose, it could potentially increase the amount of time it takes to fully realign your teeth.

To help prevent this, Dr. Laura Rothe offers some suggestions to prevent damage to your braces.

One of the most common causes of damage to braces comes from chewing gum or eating sticky foods. The suction these actions create can potentially loosen a bracket, band, or spacer.

Crunching hard foods can also damage your braces. This has the potential to bend wires, break bands or even knock a bracket loose from the face of a tooth. This also extends to other activities like crunching down on ice or nibbling on pencils and pens.

If you frequently participate in rigorous athletics, our doctor recommends using a high-quality mouth guard. Any blow to the face carries the potential to cause oral injury or damage to your braces.

If you have questions about how to protect your braces in Elkhorn, Nebraska, you can always call 402.289.3232 to seek advice from a member of our Skyline Orthodontics team.