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Over time and through regular adjustments, the braces installed by Dr. Kevin Harris will effectively realign your teeth for a healthier mouth and an even smile. It’s important to keep in mind that if you develop cavities or your braces are damaged in some way, that it will likely increase the duration of time and number of adjustment sessions required to realign your teeth. Dr. Kevin Harris offers a few everyday tips to help you clean and care for your new braces.

Your braces will need special focus in your daily oral hygiene routine. Food particles and plaque trapped in your braces will greatly increase the chances of develop cavities. Once you are done brushing the faces of your teeth and braces, you should floss between each tooth and along the gum line. Remember to also floss behind your last molar.

If you’re having trouble cleaning some of the hard to reach places, you might want to try using interdental brushes or a floss threader with wax coated floss.

Try to avoid eating sticky foods and chewing gum as this can easily bend wires, loosen brackets or dislodge spacers. Your braces can also be damaged and bent by crunching hard and crunchy foods. This also extends to bad habits like chewing on hard objects, pencils, pens and ice can also cause damage to your braces.

When Dr. Kevin Harris installed your braces, he gave you a piece of special orthodontic wax. If some part of your braces comes loose, you can protect your cheek and gums from injury by securing the sharp point in the wax.

If you have questions about how to clean or take care of your braces, you can always call Dr. Kevin Harris’s office in Spring, Texas at 281.376.4533 for a consultation session.