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Unfortunately, there are many things that can harm your braces and oral health during orthodontic treatment if you’re not careful. Those things can delay your treatment time and create multiple problems in your smile. So, it’s important to do all you can to keep your teeth and appliance in tip-top shape. To help you do so, our Patritto Orthodontics dental team is happy to give you the necessary tips.

First, keep your smile and appliance clean by keeping up on oral hygiene. Do your best to brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. For even better results, brush and floss your teeth after each meal and snack. Doing these things can help you remove the stuck plaque and food particles in your braces that can encourage tooth decay, enamel stains, and gum disease. So, make sure you clean your smile regularly with a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and a floss product of your choice. To make things easier, keep these things with you throughout the day so you can brush and floss when needed.

Second, avoid eating the foods that can harm your teeth and appliance. The foods to avoid include starchy, sticky, chewy, and sugary foods because they can create cavities and can also break the brackets and wires on your braces. So, please do your best to avoid eating these products.

Third, protect your teeth and appliance. If you participate in high-contact sports and activities, it’s important to protect your mouth with a mouthguard whenever you are on the field or court. If you wear a mouthguard, your teeth, tongue, cheeks, lips, and braces can be protected from the hard, forceful objects that might hit them.

Doing these things can help you stay on track toward the smile of your dreams. If you have any questions or if you’re concerned about your braces in Ottumwa, Iowa, please don’t hesitate to give our office a call at 641-682-8143. The sooner you call us, the sooner Dr. Dwayne Patritto and our dental team will be able to give you the answers, information, and help you’re looking for.