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Do you know the value of your braces? As you probably know, they will correct the alignment of your teeth. This doesn’t just give you a more alluring smile; it also reduces your chances of suffering dental fractures and enamel attrition. If your braces become damaged or you develop cavities, this will likely increase the amount of time it takes to fully correct your smile. Incorporating a few simple practices and avoiding certain habits will greatly improve and quicken your alignment results.

The suction formed by chewing gum and eating sticky foods can mean the integrity of your braces is threatened. It may pull a bracket or spacer out of position. In severe cases, sticky substances may even bend a wire. Avoid especially sticky foods like gum or caramel.

On the other end of the spectrum, hard foods or chewing on ice can also bend wires and damage braces hardware. This may damage a band, or leave a sharp point sticking out in your mouth. This is why you’ll want to avoid crunching on ice or biting into especially hard foods like whole apples or jawbreakers.

Your braces will need a little extra focus in your daily oral hygiene regimen. This calls for brushing twice and flossing once each day. If you’re having trouble brushing of flossing around a piece of orthodontic hardware you might want to try using a small interdental brush or a floss threader with waxed dental floss.

Would you like a more complete list on what foods to avoid when wearing braces or do you have questions about your oral hygiene routine? Don’t hesitate to call 626-458-8898 to reach Dr. Nehi Ogbevoen at his practice in Alhambra, California.