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If you have questions about orthodontics in Ottumwa, Iowa, then our Patritto Orthodontics team is more than happy to help you! To start giving you the information you seek, we have provided the answers to the following frequently asked questions about braces and orthodontics:

Why is good oral hygiene with braces important?
Oral hygiene is vital if you want a successful treatment and pristine smile results. Oral hygiene is important because food particles and plaque tend to get stuck in your smile and appliance. When this happens, the food and plaque begin to develop tooth stains, tooth discoloration, tooth decay, and gum disease.

How should I clean my teeth and braces?
You should brush and floss your teeth after each meal and snack with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and you should floss at least once a day with special orthodontic floss. You can also rinse your mouth vigorously with water if you don’t have oral hygiene tools handy.

How do braces feel?
There are times when your appliance will make your teeth a bit sore. In these incidents, it’s best to stick to a soft-foods diet and take pain reliever when needed. If your braces are poking or bothering you, you can eliminate the problem by placing orthodontic wax over the trouble area.

How long do I have to wear braces?
Your treatment time will solely depend on the severity of your misaligned teeth and bite. Usually, patients wear braces anywhere between 18-30 months. When you get your braces off, you will need to wear a retainer.

What foods should I avoid eating?
There are many foods that you need to avoid eating if you want a successful experience. Some of the foods we recommend avoiding include sugary, sticky, chewy, and starchy foods. These products can create tooth decay and can even break your appliance.

To learn more about braces and orthodontics, or to ask our friendly orthodontic team additional questions, please feel free to call our office at 641-682-8143. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Dwayne Patritto, if you have any concerns about your smile or appliance. We are happy to help you!