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As you transform your smile with braces, it’s extremely important to keep your teeth, gums, and orthodontic appliance healthy and strong. There are many ways you can do this, and those ways are:

Keep up on oral hygiene
Make sure you brush and floss your teeth after each meal and snack. Doing so will help you remove the harmful plaque and food particles that can create tooth decay, enamel stains, and gum disease. So, make sure you have a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and floss with you throughout the day so you can brush and floss at the necessary times.

Avoid certain foods
When you transform your smile, there are certain foods that can harm your teeth and damage your appliance. So, it’s best to avoid eating these foods. The foods we recommend avoiding are sugary products, starchy products, chewy products, and sticky products. The sugary and starchy foods tend to cause tooth decay while the chewy and sticky foods tend to break your appliance.

Wear a mouthguard
If you want to protect your teeth and orthodontic appliance, it’s best to wear a mouthguard while you are active. If you don’t, there is a high chance of hard, forceful objects hitting your mouth and injuring your smile. So, if you want to prevent broken teeth and broken brackets, please wear a mouthguard while you are active.

Dr. Merissa Blais and our Blais Orthodontics team care for you and your smile and we want you to have the best oral health possible while you align your teeth. So, if you have any trouble using the mentioned tips or if you would like to know more about oral health and orthodontics in Scarsdale, New York, please feel free to call 914.472.9595 today and talk to our team. We are thrilled to help you in any way we can!