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The braces hardware installed in your mouth at Orthodontic Specialists, P.A. were designed to handle the rigors of many foods. Yet they are not impermeable to damage. There are certain foods and habits that can put your braces at risk. If something is damaged, it may mean setting back the realignment process.

First, avoid sticky substances such as chewing gum or caramel. These can bend, damage or knock loose one of your brackets. A similar threat is posed by eating hard or crispy foods. If possible, it’s best to avoid these or to cut them down into small pieces that you can easily digest them.

As for habits to avoid, nibbling on foreign objects or using your teeth as tools, can also damage your braces. These activities may even chip a tooth or alter the tension on your braces.

If an aspect of your braces feels loose or is damaged in any way, do not delay in calling 952-469-6760 to seek advice and schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Basile. In the interim you might also want to take action to protect your mouth from harm, created by the damaged hardware. When we installed your braces, you were probably given orthodontic wax. This is a perfect thing to use on a loose bracket, band, or broken wire that is poking into your cheek or gums.

If any part of your braces is damaged or you have a question, please do not delay in calling 952-469-6760 to seek professional attention at Orthodontic Specialists, P.A. in Lakeville, Minnesota. We can offer just the kind of personalized treatment you need.