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How To Protect Your Smile While Wearing Braces

Although wearing braces helps you achieve a straighter, healthier smile, this orthodontic treatment can’t do all the work. Wearing braces requires an adjustment period and willingness to practice new oral care routines to gain the smile of your dreams. Here are a few tips to protect your future winning smile.

Maintain Proper Dental Hygiene
Keeping your teeth and braces clean is essential for preventing gum inflammation and permanent damage to your teeth’s enamel. Wearing braces may change the way you brush and floss your teeth, but always remember to continue to brush twice a day (for two minutes) and floss at least once a day.

Use Appropriate Orthodontic Products
Don’t get overwhelmed with all the brackets and wires in your mouth. Your teeth and gums may be harder to reach, but that’s no reason to skip your daily oral care routine. There are plenty of orthodontic tools to help including floss threaders, interdental brushes, antiseptic rinses, and topical pain relievers. Your beautiful new smile is worth the extra effort.

Eat A Braces-Friendly Diet
There are a fair amount of foods that people with braces should stay away from. If you don’t want to risk the chance of breaking or bending your wires and bands, check out our tips for a braces-friendly diet.

Visit Your Dentist Between Orthodontic Visits
Make sure you don’t neglect your dental appointments! After all, your orthodontist is focused on straightening your teeth with regular adjustments. Your dentist is the one who performs oral exams and cleanings.

Maintain your dental care habits, adjust your diet, and follow your orthodontics recommendations carefully and wearing braces won’t be as challenging as you think. If you have any additional questions, or if you’re ready to start down the path to a straighter, healthier smile, please contact Speaks Orthodontics. Visit our website to learn more or call us at (720) 513-3743. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada.