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Orthodontic treatment can help you achieve the smile of your dreams—but that’s only the case if you take good care of your braces. This is important because bad habits can damage your appliance and even delay your treatment time. So, it’s best to avoid those habits as much as possible. Those habits are:

Forgetting to brush, floss, and rinse: It’s extremely important to deeply clean your smile each and every day when you have braces. This is because it’s best to avoid dental issues, like tooth decay as well as tooth discoloration. These issues can, unfortunately, delay your treatment time. So, please remember to brush twice a day and floss and rinse 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.

If you avoid these habits and keep up on oral hygiene, avoid eating appliance-harming foods, and wear a mouthguard, you’ll be on your way toward a smooth and easy orthodontic treatment as well as the perfect smile you desire. To learn more about how to maintain top-notch braces in Scottsdale, Arizona, please call Great Big Smiles Orthodontics today. All you need to do is dial 480-948-4200 and Dr. Michael Bowen and our orthodontic team will be more than happy to help you!