Braces have been used for decades in order to straighten crooked teeth. Braces are comprised of a series of bands, wires, and brackets, which are all individually bonded to your teeth. The braces work by applying force to your teeth, which gradually pushes your teeth into the desired position. Your bone will gradually adapt to the new position of your teeth, and by the end of treatment, you will have a healthy, attractive smile.
You will need to take some additional steps in order to protect your teeth while you are wearing braces. Without proper care, you may be vulnerable to several negative outcomes, including:
- Decay and periodontal disease
Poor or improper dental hygiene allows plaque and tartar to accumulate around the brackets and wires. The bacteria that live in these substances are capable of emitting an acidic byproduct that can erode your dental enamel and irritate your gums. As a result, you may develop cavities or gum disease over time.
- Oral sores
Brackets have the potential to irritate your lips and cheeks, while broken wires can cause sores and other injuries. If you do not seek immediate attention for these minor injuries, they can worsen, increasing your risk of infection, scarring or blood poisoning.
Properly applied braces are strong and durable, but if a bracket becomes damaged, loosened, or completely dislodged, it can become a choking hazard. Avoid eating hard or sticky foods, which are more likely to damage brackets and wires. Be sure to call us right away if you feel any difference at all in your brackets.
Contact our team to learn more about taking care of your new braces or to schedule an appointment with our expert in braces.