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Your braces are designed to be durable enough to handle chewing most common foods. While they are meant to last throughout the realignment process, it is possible for a piece of hardware to suffer excess wear and tear or potential damage.

If a component does become bent, damaged, loosened or significantly distressed, it could increase the total amount of time you need to wear braces. To help you maintain your braces and minimize the duration of the realignment process, Dr. Daniel Adams offers the following advice.

Chewing gum and eating sticky food is one of the most common threats to braces hardware. The suction created can potentially loosen a bracket, band or spacer.

Eating hard foods can also potentially damage your braces. This could bend wires, break bands or even knock a bracket loose from the face of a tooth. This also includes other activities like chewing on ice, biting your fingernails, or using your teeth as tools.

Dr. Daniel Adams also strongly recommends using a high-quality mouthguard if you participate in contact sports. Any blow to the face carries the potential to cause oral injury or damage to your braces.

If you have questions about how to maintain and protect your braces in Carlsbad, California, you can always call 760.804.0080 to seek advice from a member of our Full Smile Orthodontics staff.