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When you are wearing orthodontia to transform your smile, you want to make sure to keep your braces in tip-top shape. To avoid harming or breaking your appliance, there are several habits that you will want to avoid as much as possible. Let’s take a look at the habits that could derail your treatment time: 

-If you forget to brush, floss, and rinse your smile: 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.

-If you eat harmful foods that could break your appliance: There are many foods and treats in the world 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.

-If you actively engage in contact sports without protection: 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.

To avoid harming your orthodontic appliance and potentially delaying your treatment time, be aware of harmful habits and avoid them as much as possible. Prevention is key to achieving your smile goals in a timely manner! Our orthodontist helping patients in Queens, Long Island City, Woodside, Elmhurst, Corona, Jackson Heights, and Middle Village, New York is here for you.

If you have any questions or concerns, about your orthodontic appliance, please call Ora R. Canter, DDS Orthodontics at your earliest convenience. Our orthodontic team also encourages you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter if you have any problems with your braces. We are happy to help you!