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Your new orthodontic braces provided by Dr. David S. Wilbanks and the orthodontic specialists at Wilbanks Orthodontics’s clinic were designed to create a functional system capable of improving the alignment of your teeth.

This is done by having your braces adjusted every four to six weeks. The progressive tension applied to the orthodontic components and your teeth will gradually move them into their ideal position.

It’s important to take steps to maintain the structural integrity of your braces throughout the realignment process. If an orthodontic component is loosened or damaged, it could potentially alter the tension on your braces, which could extend the amount of time it takes to achieve the ideal alignment of your teeth.

Avoiding things like chewing gum, taffy, and other sticky foods, as well as avoiding very hard foods. These things can potentially loosen a bracket, thus complicating the realignment process.

Good oral hygiene practices are also important throughout the realignment process. Tooth decay and periodontal inflammation complications can extend the amount of time needed to fully correct the alignment of your teeth.

If you had orthodontic braces installed at Dr. David S. Wilbanks’s orthodontic clinic in El Paso, Texas, and you have a question about how to maintain them you can always call 915-581-5021 to speak to a member of Wilbanks Orthodontics’s staff.