The metal braces that your orthodontist, Dr. Lee Mahlmann, installed onto your teeth are designed to realign your teeth for a more functional mouth and appealing smile. To do this, your orthodontist will need to apply progressive tension to the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth into each socket. Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial. Damage to any piece of your braces hardware can increase the number of adjustments needed to achieve your final smile.
To help prevent this from happening, Dr. Lee Mahlmann points out some basic activities and lifestyle choices to help maintain your braces.
Chewing gum and eating sticky foods is one of the most common causes of damaged braces. The suction created by chewing on these things can sometimes be strong enough to pull a bracket, band or spacer loose.
Biting down on hard foods can also cause significant damage to 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 are an athlete participating in contact sports, Dr. Lee Mahlmann strongly recommends using a high-quality mouthguard. A blow to the face without adequate protection can severely damage your mouth, teeth, and braces.
If you have questions about how to prevent damage from occurring to your braces in Richmond, Texas, you can always call 281-342-6311 to speak to a member of the staff at Lee A. Mahlmann, DDS, MS.