Here at Wright Orthodontics our orthodontist often uses traditional braces for addressing misaligned teeth. This functional system is capable of altering the alignment and orientation of your teeth through the course of multiple adjustment sessions.
If some component of your braces becomes bent, damaged, or compromised in any way it could harm your mouth. It could also increase the time it takes to fully correct the alignment of your teeth.
Dr. Randy Wright notes that there are some simple things you can do to maintain your braces and the overall health of your teeth.
Sticky foods and chewing gum need to be avoided. These substances pose a common threat to the integrity of traditional braces. The force and suction could potentially pull a bracket or spacer out of its intended position or potentially bend a wire.
It is also wise to avoid tough foods. These things can also bend wires and damage braces hardware. Sometimes a damaged band can leave a sharp point in your mouth.
If a braces component is damaged, you need to have it examined as soon as possible at Wright Orthodontics to prevent further complications.
You will also need to remember to brush your teeth each morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. This should also be followed up by thoroughly flossing your teeth at least once each day. If you’re having trouble flossing around a braces component you might want to try using a floss threader with waxed dental floss.
If you had braces installed in your mouth at Dr. Randy Wright’s orthodontic clinic in Batavia, Illinois, and you have a problem with one of the components, you should call 630-208-1200 to have it addressed at Wright Orthodontics.