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The braces installed at our clinic were designed to slowly realign your teeth, with periodic adjustments. Each time you visit Ricci Orthodontics to have your braces tightened, your teeth are moved one small step closer to their ideal alignment.

While your braces were designed to be very durable, there are still certain foods that are worth avoiding. After all, if your braces are damaged, or some other element pulls loose, it can alter the tension and increase the amount of time it takes to realign your teeth properly.

Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can generate significant suction that can compromise the dental adhesive which holds brackets to your teeth. It may also bend wires or pull spacers loose from their intended positions.

Biting down on hard foods or crunching on ice can also create damage to your braces hardware. The concentrated pressure which is then created can bend wires, knock brackets loose or even break off bands. Other habits to avoid include nibbling on foreign objects or improvising your teeth as tools.

If you’ve had braces installed at Ricci Orthodontics’s Johns Creek, Georgia orthodontic clinic and have questions about how to properly maintain them, you can always call 678-417-9848 to ask a question of Dr. Steven Ricci or our helpful staff.