Tips for Caring for Braces
During orthodontic treatment, extra care must be taken of not only the teeth but also the braces themselves. Failing to protect them can result in expensive repairs or replacement. Below, you can read about how to take care of the most common types of braces.
Metal is naturally strong, so breakage of brackets and wires is unlikely to happen. However, the cement that holds the brackets to the teeth can become broken. With this in mind, you should be careful when eating cold foods, such as ice cream, which can make the cement brittle. Hard and chewy foods, such as popcorn kernels and gummy bears, are best to be avoided during treatment because they can break the brackets off.
Lingual brackets and wires are similar to conventional orthodontics, so similar steps should be taken to prevent damage. At the same time, inspection to confirm that the brackets and wires remain intact can be more difficult because the components are hidden behind the teeth.
Invisalign aligners should be removed before meals, so breakage during wear will probably not happen. However, the aligners can become damaged in other ways when outside of the mouth. You should always store your aligners in a hard case so that they are not accidentally smashed. When you wash your aligners, never use hot water, which can cause the aligners to warp.
Some extra responsibility is involved during orthodontic care, but the effort is well worth the lifelong results that come later. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Allen Sanders to learn more about keeping your orthodontics in good shape during treatment.
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