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Orthodontic hardware that is composed of the brackets, wires, bands, and spacers is designed to be very durable. This allows your braces to withstand the rigors of wear and tear from eating most common foods. Inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine or a failure to thoroughly clean around orthodontic hardware can cause significant complications during the realignment process.

To reduce the chances of this happening, Dr. Darrell Spilsbury offers the following insights to help you maintain your braces and overall good oral health.

This starts by being mindful of your food choices and the threat posed by certain habits. It’s best to avoid eating sticky foods or chewing gum because the suction created is the most common cause of problems. However, you should also be mindful of biting into and chewing hard foods as this can also cause significant damage. This includes bad habits like nibbling on pencils and pens or crunching on ice.

If a damaged piece of hardware creates a sharp point that threatens to injure your mouth, you should secure it inside orthodontic wax. If it’s not readily available, you can improvise with a pencil eraser. Once your mouth is protected from harm, you should call 702-434-0063 to consult with a member of our Spilsbury Orthodontics staff or to schedule a timely repair appointment.

Maintaining your daily oral hygiene routine is very important for preventing cavities and maintaining healthy gums. If you’re having trouble cleaning around the braces or flossing the spaces between your teeth, you might want to try using interdental brushes or a floss threader that uses waxed dental floss.

If you have questions about how to maintain your braces and good oral health in Henderson, Nevada, you can always call 702-434-0063 to speak to our team at Spilsbury Orthodontics.