Common Problems (and how to avoid them!)


common orthodontic problems

Broken braces and bent wires can spell bad news for orthodontic procedures. They can add months to your treatment time. The good news is that they're totally preventable. Here are the most common causes of orthodontic treatment problems.

Gum

Chewing large pieces of gum, or hard gum, can bend wires and move teeth the wrong way. Dr. Halgren recommends small, soft, sugar-free gum to help with wire changes and tooth discomfort.

Poor Brushing

Poor brushing leads to swelling in your gums, which can actually push back against moving teeth. For instructions on how to brush with braces, read theHome Care Tips.

Poor Elastic Wear

Being inconsistent in wearing your elastics as directed will result in your teeth moving very slowly - or not at all.

Poor Headgear Wear

Once again, being inconsistent in wearing your headgear as directed will result in your teeth moving very slowly - or not at all.

Breakage

Breakage is often caused by chewing pencils, pens, or sticky foods. Tooth movement will stop completely.

Remember, these preventable problems can add months to your treatment time. It's up to you to avoid them.