Patients with braces must be careful to avoid hard and sticky foods. They must not chew on pens, fingernails or bones because chewing on hard things can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer. Patients should report immediately to the orthodontists should their braces become damaged.
It is important to maintain good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment to prevent dental decay and gum disease. More time is needed to keep the teeth and braces clean. The orthodontist and staff will teach patients how to best care for their teeth, gums and braces during treatment.