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Your new set of braces installed at Abba Aesthetic Smiles & Orthodontics LLC’s Frisco, Texas practice has been designed to gradually realign the position of your teeth through regular adjustments. If any hardware element is damaged, loosened, or you develop tooth decay problems, it could delay the process. This could significantly increase the amount of time it takes to fully correct your smile.

It would be wise to avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods. This could bend wires, or pull brackets and spacers out of place. Hard and crunchy foods are also good to avoid, as they could also damage elements of braces hardware. Should something become damaged and a sharp point threatens your mouth, you should secure it inside a piece of orthodontic wax or a chunk of a pencil eraser.

If you’re having trouble cleaning around any area of your mouth or braces hardware you might want to consider using one of the following oral hygiene tools.

–Interdental brushes are essentially miniature toothbrushes that have small tapered brush heads. They can help brush between wires and brackets as well as removing food particles from hard to reach contours. This can be especially beneficial for getting food matter out bands and spacers.

–Dental water jets come in a variety of brands, including Waterpik®. They are designed to create a focused stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places. Just keep in mind that this is not a viable alternative to flossing, rather it should be seen as an enhancement to brushing.

–You might also want to try using a floss threader to work around wires and other pieces of orthodontic hardware. When loaded with waxed dental floss, this loop-shaped tool can help work the strand into place with little fear of injuring your gums by forcing it. Be sure to floss into the gum line as well as behind your last molar.

If you had braces installed at Abba Aesthetic Smiles & Orthodontics LLC’s Frisco, Texas practice and have a question about how to clean or maintain them, you can always call 214-436-5400 to speak to a member of our helpful staff.