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If you are hoping to straighten your teeth with an orthodontic treatment, you must remember that tools such as braces only seek to straighten your teeth and are not meant to act as barriers against tooth decay or gum disease. Thus, for the entirety of your orthodontic treatment, you will need to continue caring for your teeth and your braces with daily oral health habits including brushing and flossing. Listed below are some commonly asked questions about cleaning your braces:

Question: Which foods can damage my braces?
– Typically, the same foods that can damage your teeth can also damage your braces. Steer clear of tough or chewy foods or foods that can easily get stuck between your braces and teeth. The longer food particles gather on your teeth, the more opportunity they have to damage them. Avoid sticky and chewy treats that will linger in your mouth long after you have eaten them.

Question: What are the best ways to keep your braces clean?
– Cleaning your braces is done much the same way you clean your teeth. Continue to brush twice daily and floss once daily as well. If flossing is too difficult or impossible, try using an alternative interdental cleaner such as a water flosser.

Question: What do I do if my braces fail?
– There is a chance that your braces could fail. This could be due to a number of issues including an oral accident, an object dislodging them, or other injuries that may occur. If you should suffer a malfunction with your braces, do not try to fix them as this could seriously damage your teeth and gums. Instead, keep the broken piece protected from cutting your face or gums with a piece of wax, and speak with your orthodontist as soon as possible.

Always make time in your life to visit your orthodontist at Schouten Orthodontics for a checkup, and if necessary, to book an appointment with Dr. John R. Schouten for a detailed exam of your oral health. You can reach our orthodontic office in Springville, Utah, by calling us at 801.806.0334. Let us help you get the smile you desire!