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Over time and through regular adjustments, your new braces will realign your teeth for a healthier mouth and a more appealing smile. If any part of your braces is damaged or you develop tooth decay problems, it will most likely increase the amount of time you need to wear them. By adopting a few minor lifestyle changes and a diligent approach to daily oral hygiene routine, you can maintain your braces for maximum effect.

It’s important to clean in and around your braces and between your teeth as part of your daily oral hygiene regimen. This starts by brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste, followed by flossing between your teeth and around the gum line. You might want to try using interdental brushes or a floss threader with wax coated floss to effectively remove residual food particles and plaque from hard to reach places.

Try to avoid eating sticky foods and chewing gum as this can easily bend wires, loosen brackets, or dislodge spacers. Your braces can also be damaged and bent by crunching hard foods. This also extends to bad habits like chewing on hard objects. Pencils, pens, and ice can also cause damage to your braces.

When Howell Orthodontics first installed your braces, your orthodontist gave you a piece of special orthodontic wax. If some part of your braces comes loose, you can protect your cheek and gums from injury by securing the problem piece of hardware in the wax.

If you have questions about how to clean or take care of your braces or some part of your braces is damaged or loose, you need to call Howell Orthodontics at 208-893-5151 to schedule an appointment.