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Your orthodontist, Dr. Laura Rothe, installed your braces as a serious investment in realigning your teeth for a healthier mouth and an appealing smile. If you develop cavities on multiple teeth or some piece of your braces hardware is loosened or damaged, it will likely increase the time needed to achieve your new smile.

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is a sound preventative measure against cavities, and it is critical for maintaining good oral health. Interdental brushes can help you remove plaque and food particles from hard-to-clean places where braces hardware meets tooth enamel. When flossing your teeth, it’s important to clean between each tooth, behind each of your last molars and along the gumline. A floss threader with waxed dental floss might help you clean around some of the hard-to-reach places.

You should do your best to avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods with braces. These sticky substances 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.

You should also try to avoid bad habits like nibbling on hard objects like pencils, pens or your fingernails. This can apply abnormal pressure on parts of your teeth and braces that could chip tooth enamel of damage a piece of hardware.

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

If you have questions about how to properly maintain your braces in Elkhorn, Nebraska, you can always call 402.289.3232 to speak with someone at Skyline Orthodontics.