Your braces are designed to realign your teeth to improve the overall function of your mouth and give you a winning smile. This is done by applying a light amount of tension to the braces, which stretches the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in your mouth. If any part of your braces is damaged, bent or pulled loose, it could potentially increase the amount of time it takes to fully realign your teeth.
Dr. Roden-Johnson offers some simple suggestions to prevent damage to your braces.
One of the most common causes of damage to braces comes from chewing gum or eating sticky foods. The suction these actions create can potentially loosen a bracket, band, or spacer.
Crunching hard foods also has the potential to damage your braces. This can bend wires, break bands, or even knock a bracket loose. This also extends to other activities like crunching down on ice or nibbling on pencils and pens.
If you frequently participate in sports, Dr. Roden-Johnson strongly recommends using a high-quality mouth guard. Any blow to the face carries the potential to cause oral injury or damage to your braces.
To learn more about braces in Harker Heights, TX, you can always call (254) 262-3131 to seek advice from a member of our Killeen Children’s Dental Center team.