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Your new set of braces represents a serious investment in realigning your teeth for a better smile and a healthier mouth. At first, wearing braces at first can take a little time to get used to but a few minor changes in your everyday habits will help keep them clean and undamaged. If you do have one or two teeth that develop cavities or if something on your braces is damaged, it will likely increase the amount of time you need to wear them.

Maintaining your daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing every day is absolutely critical to preventing cavities and maintaining good oral health. If you have trouble cleaning around the braces or flossing the spaces between your teeth, you might want to try using interdental brushes or a floss threader with wax coated floss.

One of the most common causes of damaged braces comes from chewing gum and eating sticky foods. These things can potentially bend wires, loosening brackets or dislodge spacers. Crunchy, hard foods and chewing on ice and hard candies also bend wires and damage other hardware. This also extends to bad habits like chewing on hard objects, pencils, pens and ice.

If a bracket, wire, or band breaks loose, you can secure it orthodontic wax to protect your mouth until you can get in to have it repaired. If you don’t have the wax readily on hand, you can use a pencil eraser in a pinch.

If you participate in rigorous activities or contact sports, you should talk to Dr. Jacob Spendlove about being fitted for a custom mouth guard. This unit will help protect braces and teeth from damage caused by a blow to the face.

If you have questions about how to take care of your braces or some part of your braces is damaged or loose, please call Dr. Jacob Spendlove at (928) 774-0881 to schedule your next appointment.