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There are several different components that are used to create your child’s traditional braces. Brackets are firmly cemented onto the faces of their teeth before they are integrated with wires and other hardware elements.

Periodic adjustment sessions are then used to tension the braces components as they slowly move your child’s teeth into their intended position. Our orthodontist will target key areas to apply added tension while also monitoring brackets and wires for early signs of excess wear and tear.

There are certain foods and activities that can affect the structural stability of your child’s braces. Overly sticky and hard foods are two of the primary culprits capable of damaging traditional braces. It’s best to encourage your child to avoid things like chewing gum, taffy, beef jerky and hard candies.

If a wire is bent or a bracket is pried loose from the face of a tooth it can potentially cause an oral injury or alter the existing tension on the surrounding components. Without timely attention the surrounding tissues could suffer a significant wound. The change in tension could also increase the number of adjustments it takes to fully correct the alignment of their teeth.

In many of these cases Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter can quickly uninstall and replace the damaged bracket or wire. If necessary she might also perform a minor adjustment to ensure that the tension on the traditional braces is restored to the current level.

If you are Queens, Long Island City, Woodside, Elmhurst, Corona, Jackson Heights, or Middle Village, area, and your child is having a problem with their traditional braces, you should call 718-278-2441 to seek timely treatment at Ora R. Canter, DDS Orthodontics.