Simple Tips to Keep Your Braces Effective

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Are you looking to improve your orthodontic care this holiday season? It is important to keep caring for your braces for as long as they are on you. One of the most effective things you can do is to make sure they are still functioning as they are intended.

With the holiday season fast approaching, make sure your teeth and gums are well-protected. Listed below are some simple tips to keep your braces effective.

Because traditional braces may inhibit your regular eating patterns, avoid foods mentioned by your orthodontist that can get stuck in or damage your braces. A few holiday foods to avoid include:
– chewy candies such as taffy or chewing gum
– hard candies such as candy canes
– popcorn or corn on the cob
– apples
– various nuts and snacks
– hard cookies, peanut brittle, and crackers
Always remember to brush your teeth twice daily and floss your teeth once daily. Don’t forget to clean your retainer weekly. It’s also important to be careful with objects around your mouth which can damage your braces or your teeth. It is important to visit regularly with your orthodontist.

If you have any oral accidents, or your braces have been damaged, please contact Blais Orthodontics as soon as possible. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Merissa Blais, we can be reached at 914.472.9595, or stop by our office in Scarsdale, New York. We hope you enjoy your holiday season with all the magic that comes with it.