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If you have braces, you can be more susceptible to tooth decay, because some areas of your teeth are harder to clean. Braces require additional effort to safely and effectively clean the corners of your mouth. They are great for straightening teeth, but they are not a barrier for preventing cavities. You still have to care for your teeth daily. Here are a few tips to keep your braces and your teeth strong and clean:

– Go to your regularly scheduled appointment with your orthodontists at Fourth Dimension Orthodontics & Craniofacial Orthopedics. Missed appointments will only delay your recovery time.

– To protect your teeth and jaw, wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports. Your orthodontist can recommend a specific mouth guard for individuals with braces.

– Continue brushing your teeth (and your retainer) twice a day, Also floss your teeth daily to prevent plaque buildup between hard to reach areas. Replace your toothbrush every three months.

– Continue your regularly scheduled cleanings and exams with your dentist.

– Avoid foods that can get stuck in your braces and lead to tooth decay. This includes corn on the cob, chewy foods such as taffy, hard foods such as apples, and various nuts and snacks.

– Be sure to clean your retainer once a week.

The more work you put in to maintain great oral hygiene, the better the end results will be. If you would like to know more about what you can do to protect your braces, please make an appointment by contacting our wonderful team at Fourth Dimension Orthodontics & Craniofacial Orthopedics. Our Dallas office can be reached at 972-947-2000 and our Allen office can be reached at 972-947-2200. You can also stop by our offices in Allen and Dallas, Texas. We look forward to hearing from you soon!