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Your new braces include several different components including brackets, wires, brands, and spacers. You will need to return to Dr. Frank Iuorno’s orthodontic clinic at regular intervals to have your braces adjusted. Each of these sessions will tighten the braces hardware to gradually bring your teeth a little closer to their ideal position.

Taking steps to maintain your braces and practicing good oral hygiene each day is very important. If you develop a cavity on one of your teeth or some part of your braces is damaged it could alter the tension on your braces. This could increase the number of adjustments required to fully correct the position of your teeth.

Making some minor changes in your food choices can also help keep your braces from being damaged. This includes avoiding from sticky and hard foods as well as breaking bad habits like nibbling on desktop items or biting your nails.  

If you’re having trouble cleaning around your braces hardware you might want to try using an interdental brush or a water flosser device.

If you’re having problems flossing around wires and other braces hardware, you might want to try using a floss threader with waxed dental floss. This simple oral hygiene tool can help insert the strand of dental floss around braces hardware allowing you to effectively clean the gumline.

If you are in the Glen Allen, Virginia, area and you have a question about how to maintain your braces, you can always call 804-364-8366 to schedule an appointment at West End Orthodontics.