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Your orthodontist, Dr. Kirby Nelson & Eugenia Lee, installed your new set of braces to effectively realign your teeth for a functional mouth and an appealing smile. Even though the braces are durable, they are not impervious to damage or maladjustment. Making a few chances in your daily habits and maintaining a diligent oral hygiene routine will ensure the effectiveness of the braces in North Bend, Washington.

You will need to maintain your daily oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day to remove residual food particles and plaque from your teeth and appliance. If you have trouble cleaning around the braces or flossing between your teeth, you might want to try using interdental brushes or a floss threader with waxed dental floss.

Should some part of your braces become bent or damaged, or if you develop tooth decay issues, your treatment time may be increased.

Eating sticky foods and chewing gum is actually one of the most common causes of damage to braces. These actions can easily bend wires, loosen brackets or potentially pull out a spacer. At the same time, chewing hard foods, ice and hard candies also bend and dislodge hardware. This also includes bad habits like chewing on pencils and pens.

If something does happen to break and a sharp point of the appliance could potentially injure your cheek or gums, you can secure the problem area by covering it with special orthodontic wax. If you don’t have the wax readily on hand, you can use a pencil eraser to adjust the broken area in a pinch.

If you have additional questions or concerns about how to clean and maintain your new braces, or if a piece of the hardware has been damaged, you should call Kirby Nelson Orthodontics at (425) 888-1896 to schedule an appointment.