Certain Foods Can Pose a Threat to Your Braces Hardware

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The orthodontic hardware of your braces installed at Vincent Team Orthodontics’s Sandy, Utah clinic have been designed to gradually realign your teeth, through the course of iterative adjustments. Each time you come in to have your braces tightened, your teeth will be moved one small step closer to their ideal alignment.

While the braces hardware, and the dental adhesives bonding them to your teeth are designed to be very durable, there are still certain foods that might be worth avoiding. If your braces are damaged, or some element pulls loose, it can alter the tension and increase the amount of time it takes to properly realign your teeth.

Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can create significant suction that can compromise the dental adhesive holding the brackets to your teeth. It could potentially bend wires or pull spacers loose from their intended position.

Biting down on hard foods and crunching on ice can also cause damage to your braces hardware. The intense pressure created can bend wires, knock brackets loose or break off bands. An equal threat is also posed by nibbling on foreign objects or improvising your teeth as tools.

If you’ve had braces installed at Vincent Team Orthodontics’s Sandy, Utah orthodontic clinic, and you’re concerned about how to properly maintain them, you can always call 801-495-2560 to ask a question from our helpful staff.