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The braces installed on your teeth by your orthodontist, Dr. Bryan Brassington, Dr. Curt Wiltshire, or Dr. Kevin Bibona, represent a serious investment in realigning your teeth for a healthier mouth and an appealing smile. If you develop cavities on multiple teeth or if some piece of your braces hardware is loosened or damaged, it will likely increase the duration of time it takes to achieve your new smile.

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is a sound preventative measure against cavities and it is the key to maintaining good oral health. Interdental brushes can help you remove plaque and food particles from hard-to-clean places where braces hardware meets tooth enamel. When flossing your teeth, it’s important to clean between each tooth, behind each of your last molars, and along the gumline. A floss threader with waxed dental floss might help you clean around some of the hard-to-reach places.

It’s best to abstain from eating sticky foods and chewing gum. These things can loosen brackets, bend wires, or dislodge spacers. At the same time, braces can also be damaged by biting down repeatedly on hard and crunchy foods.

You might also want to break bad habits like nibbling on hard objects like pencils, pens or fingernails. This can apply abnormal pressure on parts of your teeth and braces that could chip tooth enamel or damage a piece of hardware.

If any part of your braces hardware is damaged and threatening to injure your mouth, you can secure any sharp points inside orthodontic wax. This will help protect your mouth while you are waiting for your repair appointment.

If you have questions about how to properly clean and maintain your braces in Richmond, Virginia, you can always call Richmond Orthodontics at 804-740-7281 to set up a consultation.