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Our Orthodontist, Dr. Phil Santucci frequently uses traditional braces to correct problems with the alignment of your teeth. This treatment requires you to have your braces adjusted on a regular basis. The progressive tension applied to the hardware will gradually move your teeth into their ideal positions.

You will also need to make an active effort to maintain your braces throughout the realignment process. If a component is damaged or becomes loose, the problem could potentially change the tension of your braces. This could extend the amount of time it takes to achieve the ideal alignment of your teeth.

It’s best to abstain from things like chewing gum, taffy and other sticky foods. This also includes avoiding very hard foods. These things can potentially loosen a bracket and complicate the realignment process. Good oral hygiene practices are also important for maintaining your braces. Cavities and gum disease can extend the amount of time needed to fully correct the alignment of your teeth. If you are considering getting braces or if your dentist has recommended them for you or a member of your family, and you live in the Phoenix, Arizona, area, you can call 480-948-8618 to schedule an appointment at Santucci Orthodontics.