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Maintaining and preventing damage to your wire and bracket braces, will help keep the duration you need to wear them to a minimum. If any part of your braces are damaged or something simply comes loose, it can increase how long you need to wear them, injure your mouth or cause other complications. If something does happen to your braces you should call Carlos A. Tamayo DDS Inc. immediately to remedy the situation.

If you play sports, particularly contact sports, you might want to talk to your orthodontist at Carlos A. Tamayo DDS Inc. about being fitted for a custom mouth guard. Blows to the head during contact sports can damage your braces and teeth. The mouth guards available in stores offer a minimal amount of protection, but a custom mouth guard is designed to offer maximum protection and comfort, while maintaining ease of breathing.

You need to be mindful when it comes to eating hard or sticky foods and chewing gum. Any one of these things can bend wires, dislodge spacers, or even loosen bands and brackets. If you do have something break or come loose, you can secure it in your mouth inside the piece of orthodontic wax you were given when you were first fitted for your braces.

Repairing new cavities can sometimes increase how long you need to wear braces. So it’s a good idea to maintain your oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice a day. A water jet, interdental brushes and floss threaders can help you clean away food particles and plaque from hard to reach places.

If you are due for your next adjustment, or some part of your braces has been damaged, please call Carlos A. Tamayo DDS Inc. at 805-483-9567 to schedule an appointment.