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So here you are, fresh from the orthodontist’s office, sporting your new braces. Chances are that you will be wearing them for many months, and possibly for a year. Since they have an important job to do for you, there are things you need to do for them.

First, watch what you put in your mouth. Anything hard or sticky can damage your braces or keep them from working as they should. Even healthy foods, like apples need to be cut into small, manageable pieces.

Second, if you are playing any sports or are involved in a recreational activity that has the potential to damage your mouth, you should wear a mouthguard. Obviously this includes football or hockey and other contact sports, but the danger exists in many activities. If you wear braces, it is even more important that you protect your mouth since your braces could cause damage to the inside of your mouth if they sustain an impact.

Third, recognize that life happens. No matter what steps you take, there may be incidents in which your braces are damaged. You should check your braces at least once a day for broken or loose parts. If you find that your braces are damaged, you should contact our orthodontist, Dr. James B. Macomson at James B. Macomson, DDS, MSO, PA in Gastonia, North Carolina, right away. In the interim, if a part of your braces has come off, you should save the piece and the doctor will repair the damage. If a wire has come loose, you can try pushing it into a position where it won’t irritate your mouth, and use dental wax to cover any ends or parts that are bothering you.

Fourth, You will need to spend more time, and take a bit more care when brushing and flossing with braces. You need to be a bit more gentle, and you should clean two teeth at time as you brush. The extra hardware will create a few more obstacles for for flossing, so it may be a good idea to use a floss threader to make the process a little easier.

If you are considering getting braces, or you are having some issues with your orthodontic work, call us at 704-215-4430 to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to get you in as soon as possible.