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Your braces represent a significant investment in correcting alignment issues with your teeth. Each of your routine adjustment appointments is designed to move your teeth one small step closer to your ideal alignment. If a cavity develops on one of your teeth, it could alter the tension on your braces and increase the amount of time you need to wear them in your mouth.

A consistent daily oral hygiene routine will reduce your chances of suffering tooth decay complications. It’s important that you brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush with abrasive toothpaste. This will remove a large amount of plaque and other matter from the faces of your teeth and the braces hardware.

Flossing each day will also help to clean between your teeth and along the gumline. This is an important step to help prevent cavities and gum disease. A simple floss threader can help you insert dental floss around braces hardware.

It’s also wise to refrain from eating sticky foods and chewing gum. This can potentially bend wires, loosen brackets, or pull a spacer out of place. Your braces hardware might also be damaged and bent by crunching hard and crunchy foods.

These minor changes to your daily eating habits and good oral hygiene practices will significantly reduce your chances of suffering a problem with your braces.

If you had braces installed at Fountains Family Dental Center in Chandler, Arizona and you have a question, you can always call 480-359-1483 to speak to a staff member.