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If you want your smile-transformation process to go as smoothly as possible, then it’s important to keep your braces in tip-top shape. Unfortunately, there are habits that can harm and even break your appliance. It’s best to avoid those habits as much as possible. Those habits are:

Forgetting to brush, floss, and rinse: Oral hygiene is vital for top-notch teeth and braces. This is because cleaning your teeth on a regular basis keeps your appliance in tip-top shape and also keeps dental issues at bay. So, please remember to brush your teeth every morning and every night, floss your smile right before bed, and rinse your mouth daily.

Eating appliance-harming foods: There are many foods and treats available that can alter and break your appliance. It’s best to avoid eating these appliance-harming foods as much as possible. Those are hard, sticky, and chewy foods and treats that can cling to your teeth and appliance and cause damage, like caramel, taffy, and popcorn.

Not wearing a mouthguard: Refusing to wear a mouthguard while you participate in high-contact sports and activities can put your smile and appliance in grave danger. This is because hard, forceful objects tend to hit your mouth and break your braces and even your teeth. So, please wear a mouthguard whenever you are active.

Please do your best to avoid these harmful habits as much as possible. If you avoid doing these things, you’ll be on the right track toward top-notch braces in College Park, Maryland. For more information and details about how to take good care of your orthodontic appliance, please call Straight Smile at your earliest convenience. Our orthodontic team also encourages you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Liang if you have any problems with your braces. We are happy to help you!