It’s important to take care of your braces during your orthodontic treatment. After all, they’re doing some sterling work on your behalf!
Though both fixed braces and removable aligners are very hardwearing, they can get broken if care isn’t taken over them. Certain types of food can be a problem, as can a range of activities.
If you want to make sure you take care during your orthodontic treatment programme, we’ve got a few warnings for you to keep in mind!
Here are four common ways that braces get broken.
One: eating high risk foods
One of the most common ways to break a fixed brace is by eating hard or sticky foods that aren’t recommended by your orthodontist. Nuts, popcorn, caramel and boiled sweets all fall into this category. Biting into these types of food can result in broken brackets or misplaced wires.
Two: not putting your removable aligner in its case
If you have a removable aligner, you won’t need to worry about what you’re eating as you’ll take the aligner out to eat. However, you will need to pay attention to where you put your aligner when you take it out! The safest thing to do is to put your aligner back in its case as soon as you remove it. Leaving the aligner on the table, or dropping it into a bag or pocket, often results in damage.
Three: flossing or brushing too roughly
If you brush or floss without care for your fixed aligner, you may find you manage to dislodge a bracket or a wire. Though continued good dental hygiene is really important, you’ll need to adjust your routine to account for your brace. Your orthodontist will be able to advise you on this.
Four: sustaining a mouth injury
Sports injuries can be bad news for braces! A blow to your face can cause damage to both fixed and removable braces. Many brace wearers try to avoid this by wearing a specialist orthodontic mouth guard during sports games.
Here’s more information on how to take care of your brace if you play sports.