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How to Take Care of Braces: New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on December 29th, 2021 by Dr. David J. Griffin

It’s vital to take great care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic journey. If you don’t take the best care of them, it might be helpful to make some goals for the new year about how you can treat your teeth and mouth better. Even if you do have good oral hygiene, there’s always room for improvement!

Remember to Brush After Meals

Brushing your teeth in the morning and night is a necessity- and while brushing your teeth after all meals is highly advised, not everyone does it. It can be hard to remember to brush after every meal or pack your toothbrush when you go places. However, you can make it your new year’s resolution to remember. It helps prevent buildup, cavities, bad breath, and keeps your teeth looking cleaner!

Don’t Skip on Flossing

Committing to flossing more is always a great goal. Flossing has endless benefits, from getting out pieces of food that are stuck in your brackets, to preventing gingivitis, to keeping your mouth looking clean. Flossing is always important, but even more so with braces since it can be tricky to get in smaller, hard-to-reach braces with just a toothbrush.

Eat Less Hard Candy and Foods

You most likely know that you should be staying away from certain foods that are likely to get stuck in your braces or break a bracket, such as gum, sticky candies, nuts, or other hard candies. If you haven’t been the best at avoiding these foods, make it a goal to choose healthier foods, and wait until the braces to come off to try that jawbreaker.

Schedule Regular Orthodontist Visits

Making sure you’re attending your scheduled orthodontist visits is just as important as achieving your at-home resolutions. At your visits, you’ll get the necessary adjustments or tightenings needed to progress your orthodontic treatment. Without attending these appointments, you may have your braces on for longer than needed, so make it your goal to go to every appointment you’re supposed to go to.

Contact Our Affordable Orthodontist in Oak Creek, WI

Our orthodontists are dedicated to making your orthodontic journey as comfortable and seamless as possible. We hope that these tips help you take better care of your teeth and braces this upcoming year. Whether you have yet to make a consultation or already have braces or an Invisalign, there’s always more you can do to take better care of your oral health.

Don’t wait to schedule your consultation. Start the new year off with a great smile and give us a call today!

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