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While you’re aligning your smile, it’s especially important to care of your teeth. That way you’ll avoid running into complicated dental issues while you have braces and prolonging orthodontic treatment.

To help you care well for your braces in Dallas or Allen, Texas, our Fourth Dimension Orthodontics & Craniofacial Orthopedics orthodontic team has some important tips:

– Keep up on your oral hygiene. If you don’t, food and plaque can get trapped in the small crevices of your braces and teeth, creating tooth decay, enamel stains, and even gum disease. To combat this problem, brush twice a day and floss your smile at least once a day. For the best results possible, we also recommend rinsing your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash daily.

– Avoid eating foods that can damage your braces. There are some foods in particular you’ll want to avoid, such as starchy, sugary, chewy, and sticky foods. These can bring on cavities, break brackets and wires, and encourage other oral health and appliance issues.

– Protect your teeth. If you take are an athlete in a contact sport, you’ll want to protect your mouth with a mouth guard whenever you are on the field or court. If you wear a mouth guard, your teeth, tongue, cheeks, lips, and braces can be protected from any hard or forceful objects or accidents.

For more information and details about how to take care of your smile while wearing braces, please call [practice_nam] at 972.947.2000 for Dallas and 972.947.2200 for Allen to talk to a member of our staff or to set up an appointment with Dr. Deji Fashemo. We are happy to help you get your best smile yet!