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The new set of braces installed in your mouth by Hennes Orthodontics are designed to effectively realign your teeth for a functional mouth and a more appealing smile. With a few minor changes to your everyday habits and a diligent oral hygiene routine, can help minimize the amount of time you need to wear braces. If any part of your braces is damaged, or you develop one or more cavities near the hardware, it could very well increase the duration of time you need to wear braces.

Chewing on sticky foods and gum can easily bend wires, loosen brackets or even dislodge a spacer. At the same time crunching on hard foods, chewing ice and hard candies also cause significant damage. This also extends to bad habits like chewing on hard objects, pencils, pens and ice.

If a piece of hardware breaks and a sharp point is threatening your cheek or gums, you can secure the problem area inside the special orthodontic wax you were given when the braces were installed. If you don’t have the wax readily on hand, you can use a pencil eraser in a pinch.

You will need to maintain your daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice each day to remove residual food particles and plaque. 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.

Sometimes a dental water jet can help remove food particles from around the hardware. Just remember that it can’t replace the effectiveness of dental floss for cleaning between teeth.

If you have questions about the best way to clean and maintain your new braces, or a part of your braces is damaged, you should call Hennes Orthodontics at (760) 598.1707 to schedule an appointment.