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Your orthodontist, Dr. Lee A. Mahlmann, installed your braces to gradually realign your teeth for a healthier mouth and a more appealing smile. This is done by applying progressive tension to the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth into their sockets during your routine adjustment sessions. Complications from tooth decay could very well extend the number of adjustment sessions needed to achieve your new smile. This would likely increase the amount of time you need to wear braces.

Eating sticky foods and regularly chewing gum can bend wires, loosen brackets, or even dislodge a spacer. You should also beware crunching on hard foods, ice and hard candies as it could also bend wires and damage bands. This also extends to bad habits like chewing on hard objects, like pencils, pens, and ice. These activities can damage braces or also increase the number of adjustments needed to achieve your ideal smile.

Brushing twice a day and flossing each night is critical for removing plaque and residual food particles. When flossing, it’s important to work the floss along the surfaces between teeth as well as along the gumline. If you’re having difficulty cleaning around the braces or flossing the spaces between your teeth, you might want to try using interdental brushes or a floss threader with waxed dental floss.

If you have questions or concerns about how to maintain good oral hygiene with braces in Richmond, Texas, you can always call 281-342-6311 to talk to a member of our Lee A. Mahlmann, DDS, MS, Inc. dental team.