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Here is the basics of how it works.  Brackets are bonded to the surface of your teeth in the exact position that they need to be in order to move your teeth into the correct position. A wire is then run through the brackets and held into place using small elastics.  This wire then guides your teeth into alignment.  Taking good care of your braces is essential to finishing your treatment in a reasonable amount of time.  Constant breakage of brackets and wires will delay your treatment.

At our office we know that broken brackets can happen for a number of reasons.

  1.  Sometimes the way your teeth are positioned can cause you to bite on your brackets.
  2.  Pulling on wires or playing with brackets.
  3.  Eating things you should stay away from. For example, anything chewy or sticky and or hard or crunchy.
  4. Playing sports with out a mouth guard .
  5. Taking a bite into foods such as apples, carrots, celery, corn on the cob or any food on a bone. These foods should be cut up or taken off of the bone.

Accidents can happen and that is okay. If you have a bracket or wire that is broken it is important to call and make an appointment.  Teeth can move quickly once detached from the bracket or wire. This is why constant breakage delays treatment.