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The braces installed by Dr. Jacob Spendlove will through the course of several adjustment sessions, realign your teeth to give you an appealing smile and a more functional mouth. It’s natural for it to take a little while for you to get used to cleaning and maintaining your braces. By incorporating a few minor new habits and improving your daily oral hygiene routine, you will master the art of cleaning and maintaining them.

Keep in mind that if any part of your braces is damaged, or you develop issues with tooth decay, it will likely increase the amount of time you need to use braces.

Dr. Jacob Spendlove strongly encourages you to maintain a diligent daily oral hygiene routine, founded on brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. Interdental brushes or a floss threader with wax coated floss, can help you clean around some of the hard to reach places in your mouth.

If possible you should try to avoid eating sticky foods and chewing gum and eating sticky foods can bend wires, loosen brackets or dislodge spacers. Your braces can also be damaged by biting down repeatedly on hard and crunchy foods. Bad habits like chewing on hard objects, pencils, pens and ice can also cause damage to your braces.

If any part of your braces hardware is damaged and threatening to injure your mouth, you can secure it in the special orthodontic wax you were given when Dr. Jacob Spendlove first installed your braces. 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 clean or maintain your new set of braces or some part of your braces is damaged or loose, you should call Dr. Jacob Spendlove at (928) 774-0881 to schedule your next appointment.