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Being fitted for braces is an important first step towards realigning your teeth for an even smile that will last for many years to come. If you miss an alignment session or your braces are damaged, it will likely increase the amount of time you need to wear your braces. A few minor changes in your daily habits will help keep your teeth and braces clean, while minimizing the amount of time you need to wear them.

Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can bend wires, loosening brackets and dislodge spacers. Biting down crunchy foods, hard candies and ice can also cause significant damage. At the same time, you should also try to curb bad habits like chewing on hard objects, pencils, pens and ice.

If something does break and it is irritating your cheek or gums, you can secure it inside the piece of special orthodontic wax you were given when your braces were first fitted.

You should talk to your dentist or orthodontist about being fitted for a custom mouthguard if you participate in contact sports. This unit will help protect braces and teeth from damage caused by a blow to the face.

Maintaining your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice each day is absolutely essential. 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 641-682-8143 to schedule your next appointment.