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Little did you know, it’s very important to take good care of your smile and braces while you align your smile. Otherwise, you can run into dental issues and delayed treatment time. So, it’s best to keep your teeth, gums, and appliance in tip-top shape so you can have a successful orthodontic treatment in North Bend, Washington. To help you do so, Dr. Kirby Nelson and our orthodontic team have some tips for you.

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 foods that can harm your appliance. During treatment, it’s best to avoid eating sugary, starchy, chewy, and sticky foods. The sugary and starchy foods tend to cling to the teeth and cause cavities while the chewy and sticky foods tend to break your brackets and wires.

Third, wear a mouthguard when you play high-contact sports and activities. These appliances are very beneficial because they can protect your teeth and braces from any hard, forceful object that hits them, reducing your chances of knocking out a tooth, injuring your tongue, or breaking your braces. So, do your best to wear a mouthguard while you are active.

Do you have questions about these provided tips? If so, call Kirby Nelson Orthodontics at 425-888-1896 and our orthodontic team will be more than happy to give you the answers you seek. We have all the tips, information, and details you need. All you need to do is call our office and talk to our team to get them! We look forward to helping you.