Simple Oral Hygiene Tips for Maintaining Teeth with Braces

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Orthodontists like Dr. Mark Padilla will often use traditional braces to correct the alignment and orientation of misaligned teeth. This involves a matrix of metal brackets, wires, bands, spacers, and other components that create a system capable of affecting the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in your mouth.  

The progressive tension and tightening applied to your braces, teeth and periodontal ligaments are designed to realign your teeth in small increments. Through the course of multiple adjustments, your teeth will gradually be corrected. This will provide you with a more attractive smile and teeth that are less prone to problems such as dental attrition and fractured tooth enamel.

Please note that you will need to take extra care to maintain your teeth and braces throughout the realignment process. If a hardware component is bent, loosened or damaged, it could potentially alter the tension on your braces. This could increase the amount of time it takes to achieve the ideal alignment of your teeth.

Active cavities and the inflammation of gum disease can extend the amount of time needed to fully correct the alignment of your teeth. You need to make sure to brush your teeth and braces each morning and night, as well as thoroughly flossing at least once each day.

If you live in the Plano, Texas, area and have alignment issues with your teeth, you should call 214-474-3193 to schedule a braces consultation at MP Orthodontics.