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Your braces represent a significant investment in resolving alignment issues and providing you with an appealing smile. Even though your braces are designed for durability, they can still be damaged by certain activities, foods and lifestyle choices. If your braces are damaged it can increase the amount of time you have to wear them. So there are a few things to keep in mind.

Sticky foods and chewing gum tends to get stuck in your braces. This can bend wires, loosen bands or even cause the resin adhesive holding your brackets to come loose. Crunchy foods and hard candy as well as chewing on hard objects like things like pencils, pens and ice can also break wires and brackets.

If something does come loose, you can secure it inside a piece of orthodontic wax to keep it from injuring your cheek or gums.

Athletics and contact sports have the potential to damage your braces and your mouth. Most retail mouth guards do a poor job of protecting your braces, while also impeding your breathing. Before participating in contact sports you should have your dentist fit you for a custom mouth guard. The unit is custom designed to protect your mouth while still offering comfort and breathability.

Make sure to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. A water jet or interdental brushes can also help you clean food particles and plaque from some of the hard to reach places.

If you have questions or you are due for your next adjustment, please feel free to call us at 580-233-2557 to schedule your next appointment.