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Orthodontic treatment can give you the straight, beautiful, and functional smile you desire. However, that’s only the case if you take good care of your smile and braces. To help you do so, Dr. Alan Kessler and our orthodontic team are happy to give you some tips and information.

First, clean your smile and braces regularly. It’s best to brush and floss your teeth often, especially after eating if possible. Brushing and flossing will help you clean the food particles and plaque that get trapped in the crevices of your teeth and braces. If you don’t remove these things regularly, you could suffer cavities, tooth stains, and periodontal disease.

Second, avoid eating the foods that can harm your teeth and appliance. The foods to avoid include starchy, sticky, chewy, and sugary foods because they can create cavities and can also break the brackets and wires on your braces. So, please do your best to avoid eating these products.

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.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to take care of your teeth and braces during orthodontic treatment in Virginia Beach, Virginia, please call London Bridge Smiles at 757-644-5421 at your earliest convenience. We are happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!