Your new set of braces have been designed to realign your teeth, through the course of several adjustment sessions, to give you an even and healthy mouth. It might take a little time to get used to wearing braces. With a few minor changes in your everyday habits and daily oral hygiene routine, you will get used to cleaning them. If a part of your braces is damaged, or you develop cavities on your teeth, it could increase the duration you need to wear braces.
At Nyberg Orthodontics we encourage you to maintain your daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice each day. You might want to try using interdental brushes or a floss threader with wax coated floss, if you have trouble cleaning around the braces or working floss between your teeth.
It’s a good idea to try to avoid eating sticky foods and chewing gum and eating sticky foods can bend wires, loosen brackets or dislodge spacers. Your braces can also be damaged by biting down repeatedly on hard and crunchy foods. Bad habits like chewing on hard objects, pencils, pens and ice can also cause damage to your braces.
If you do have something break or come loose, you can secure it in the special orthodontic wax you were given when you were first fitted for braces. This will help to protect your mouth until you can get into Nyberg Orthodontics for an appointment to repair the damage.
It’s important to maintain your daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice each day. 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 how to clean or take care of your braces or some part of your braces is damaged or loose, please call Nyberg Orthodontics at to schedule your next appointment.