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When you’re going through orthodontic treatment here at Phan Orthodontics in San Jose, California, you’ll be told to do a lot of things in order to keep your braces in working order and ensure they’re on for as short a time as possible. However, you’ll also be encouraged to do a bit of extra work to ensure that you maintain a high level of oral health.

Let’s look at a few things you can do that will keep both your teeth and braces healthy.

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is a sound preventative measure against cavities and it is the key to maintaining good oral health. Interdental brushes can help you remove plaque and food particles from hard-to-clean places where braces hardware meets tooth enamel. When flossing your teeth, it’s important to clean between each tooth, behind each of your last molars, and along the gumline. A floss threader with waxed dental floss might help you clean around some of the hard-to-reach places.

It’s best to abstain from eating sticky foods and chewing gum. These things can loosen brackets, bend wires, or dislodge spacers. At the same time, braces can also be damaged by biting down repeatedly on hard and crunchy foods.

You might also want to break bad habits like nibbling on hard objects like pencils, pens or fingernails. This can apply abnormal pressure on parts of your teeth and braces that could chip tooth enamel or damage a piece of hardware.

If you have any questions about what to do, call us today at 408.251.7901.