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Regularly having your braces adjusted with our Smile at the World Orthodontics orthodontist are crucial in the process of realigning your teeth. If any part of your braces is damaged or comes loose, or if you develop complications related to tooth decay, it can increase the number of alignment visits needed to successfully align your smile.

It’s important to clean around your braces and between your teeth as part of your daily oral hygiene routine. This starts by brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. This should immediately be followed by flossing between your teeth and around the gumline.

The braces hardware can sometimes create a few hard-to-reach areas. Should this be the case, you might want to try using small interdental brushes. If wires or other hardware are making it hard to floss down into the gumline, you could try using a special floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss.

If at all possible, you should abstain from eating sticky foods and chewing gum. This can easily bend wires, loosen brackets, or pull a spacer out. Your braces can also be damaged and bent by chewing hard and crunchy foods. This also extends to bad habits like chewing on hard objects, like pencils and pens.

When Joshua Knowles originally installed your braces, you were given a piece of special orthodontic wax. If some piece of hardware breaks loose and a sharp point is threatening to puncture your cheeks or gums, you can cover it with the wax. If you don’t have the wax readily available, you can make due with a pencil eraser. With your mouth adequately protected, you should not delay in contacting Smile at the World Orthodontics to have it repaired as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns about how to properly maintain your braces in Temple, Texas, please call Smile at the World Orthodontics at 254-773-8028. Our dedicated team is always here to help!