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Orthodontic treatment can either be beneficial or inconvenient. It’s all up to you and how you take care of your smile and braces in Astoria, New York. So, if you want to have the best orthodontic experience possible, then your orthodontist, Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter, and our orthodontic team encourage you to do all you can to avoid these dental issues as much as possible:

Tooth decay: Because your smile can be tricky to clean when you have braces, food particles and plaque can stay trapped in your smile and promote cavities. This is why it’s so important to properly clean your smile each and every day. It’s also best to brush and floss after each meal and snack so you can prevent this dental issue.

Gum disease: Again, because your smile can be tricky to clean when you have braces, the plaque on your teeth won’t be removed on a regular basis. When the plaque resides for a long period of time, it can irritate the gums. After some time, the plaque can turn into tartar and can infect your smile, creating severe gum disease.

Sensitivity: Your teeth will usually feel sensitive when you have braces. This is because your smile isn’t used to having braces cemented to it. The sensitivity might also be caused by enamel erosion or gingivitis. So, to help with this issue, you can use fluoride or desensitizing toothpaste every time you brush.

Bad breath: If you don’t clean your smile on a regular basis, the food particles that get trapped can start to cause bad breath. This can be prevented if you clean your teeth and tongue often and rinse your mouth with mouthwash.

Call Ora R. Canter, DDS Orthodontics today at 718-278-2441 if you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about avoiding tooth decay, gum disease, tooth sensitivity, and bad breath while you have braces. We are happy to help you!