Through the course of successive adjustment sessions with Dr. Greg Atwood your new set of braces will effectively realign your teeth for a more functional mouth and a winning smile. By adopting a few minor lifestyle changes and a diligent approach to daily oral hygiene routine, you can maintain your braces for maximum effect. Should any part of your braces get bent, damaged or break, or you develop cavities on your teeth, it will increase the amount of time you need to wear braces.
Eating sticky foods and chewing gum can bend wires, loosen brackets, and pull spacers out of place. At the same time, biting off and chewing hard foods as well as crunching ice can cause significant damage. This also extends to bad habits like nibbling pencils and pens or chewing on your fingernails.
If something is damaged, you can protect your mouth from any sharp points by using the special orthodontic wax Dr. Greg Atwood gave you when your braces were installed. This will protect your mouth long enough to have the problem repaired. If you don’t have the wax readily at hand, you can improvise with pencil eraser for a short term solution.
You will also need to be diligent about maintaining your daily oral hygiene routine. If you have trouble cleaning around the braces or flossing the spaces between your teeth, you might want to try using interdental brushes or a floss threader with wax coated floss.
If you have questions about the best way to clean and maintain your braces, you can call Atwood Family Dental at 432.227.2300 to schedule an appointment.