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Having tooth-alignment issues can lead to many problems, like tooth chips, an unappealing smile and other orthodontic complications. In many cases, the most effective way to realign teeth is to have your orthodontist, Dr. R. Nab, install braces on your smile. Ceramic braces will match your tooth enamel, which will make the braces less noticeable to the casual observer.

Once the braces have been installed, they will need daily care and cleaning. If you develop cavities or if any part of the braces is damaged or bent, there is a chance you will need to wear them longer.

Chewing gum and eating sticky foods are the more common causes of bent wires and loosened brackets. At the same time, it’s also best to cut back on eating crunchy foods and hard candy or chewing on ice.

Your braces need to be cleaned twice a day, but removing food particles and plaque by brushing and flossing can sometimes be a challenge. You might want to try using a water jet, interdental brushes or a floss threader with wax-coated floss to keep the hard-to-reach places clean.

If you have misaligned teeth or other orthodontic complications in Houston, Texas, you should call Midtown Dental at 713-520-0555 to explore your braces options.