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The metal brackets, wires and assorted orthodontic hardware of the braces installed at Ora R. Canter, DDS Orthodontics are critical for realigning your teeth. Every four to six weeks, you will need to return to our clinic for a routine adjustment appointment. Each of these sessions is designed to apply progressive tension to alter your teeth and bring them one step closer to their ideal positions.

Should any piece of orthodontic hardware become bent, damaged, or loosened or if it falls out, 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. Ora Rosenfeld Canter offers the following advice.

Chewing gum and eating sticky foods is one of the most common threats to orthodontic hardware. The suction these products can create can be strong enough to loosen a bracket, band, or spacer.

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

Your orthodontist 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 or protect your braces in Queens, Long Island City, Woodside, Elmhurst, Corona, Jackson Heights, and Middle Village, New York, you can always call 718-278-2441 to seek advice from a member of our Ora R. Canter, DDS Orthodontics orthodontic staff.