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Once you have your braces on, your dentist will talk with you about taking care of them. That includes brushing and flossing your teeth 30 minutes after every meal. It also means avoiding things that can damage them. Hard and sticky foods, incorrect brushing or cleaning, or an injury involving your mouth can all cause damage to your braces. If you do have problems, you should contact your dentist as soon as you can. Your dentist may want to see you right away, or you might be able to wait until your next appointment.

When you get your braces, your dentist will also give you dental wax. That wax can be used to coat a broken wire that is irritating your cheek, or to keep a bracket from falling out. If a band comes loose, your dentist will want to fix it or replace it at your next appointment.  If you have a broken wire, try to push it back into place in addition to coating it with the dental wax.  You can use a topical or over the counter pain reliever, or try rinsing with a saltwater solution if you have any discomfort. If you cut the wire, you run the risk of swallowing it, so leave that to the dentist. If a spacer should fall out, let the dentist know and follow his instructions.

If you are thinking about getting braces for a straighter and healthier smile, you need to talk with our dentist, Dr. Dustin Roden-Johnson to discover the best option for you. You can start on your new look today by calling Eagle Orthodontics in Eagle, Colorado at 970-328-1075 for an appointment.