Prevention is Key
The best way to avoid broken braces is to try to prevent them the best that you can. You may not be able to completely avoid them throughout your time of wearing braces, but there are some things you can do to reduce the risks associated.
Here are some tips for avoiding broken braces:
Avoid Certain Foods.
There are many foods that will increase your chances of a broken brace. You may even know what some of those are already, but others you may not. And if you know about some of them, you may still find them too tempting to resist, in which case, you should not be all that surprised when you end up with a broken brace. Some of the foods that will increase your chances of breaking your braces include sticky candies (e.g., Tootsie Rolls, taffy, caramel, Starbursts), hard candy (jolly ranchers), gummy bears, foods high in sugar, gum that isn’t sugar free, ice, and popped popcorn.
Use Caution with Others.
There are many other foods that can pose a problem if you don’t take precautions. These foods should be cut up into small bite-sized pieces and then chewed with the back teeth. They include corn on the cob, carrots of all sizes, bagels, meat, apples, French bread, pizza, and other foods that are hard or overly chewy.
Additional Precautions to Take.
It is also important to make sure that you are taking care of your teeth by brushing and flossing each day, and that you don’t do things to harm your teeth, such as chew on pens and pencils. You should also avoid biting into things by using your front teeth. Instead, cut the food up small to eat it, so you minimize the risks of breaking or loosening brackets.
Your braces are going to be a part of your mouth for the duration of the treatment. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend additional time and money getting repairs. Keep prevention in mind and take the steps to try to avoid breaking brackets. By keeping the above tips in mind, you should do a lot towards minimizing broken braces!