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The Habits that Can Damage Your Braces

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Your braces are strong. In fact, they’re so strong that they can actually move your teeth and give you the perfect smile you’re looking for. However, even though they are strong, there are still bad habits that can damage your braces and even delay your treatment time. This is why it’s important to take care of your appliance and 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: As we’re sure you’ve been told, there are many foods and treats that can harm and damage your braces, prolonging the achievement of your perfect smile. This is why it’s vital to avoid eating appliance-harming foods and treats, like caramel, popcorn, and taffy.

Not wearing a mouthguard: If you participate in contact sports, it’s important to wear a mouthguard. This is because there is a chance a hard, forceful object can hit your mouth, damage your appliance, and harm your smile, lips, cheeks, and tongue. So, please remember to wear a mouthguard whenever you are active.

Staying away from these bad habits can help you maintain top-notch teeth and braces in Washington, DC. If you have any questions about how to do so or about how to take good care of your smile and appliance, please call Liang Orthodontics at 202-966-7711 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Liang. Our orthodontic team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can!