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.
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 leads to swelling in your gums, which can actually push back against moving teeth. For instructions on how to brush with braces, read the Home 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 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.