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Dr. Rosendo Garza and our orthodontic team want you to have the best and most successful orthodontic experience possible. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to keep your braces and smile in tip-top shape while you align your teeth. This is important because it will help you stay on track toward the smile of your dreams.

To help you take good care of your teeth and braces in Rialto, California, our orthodontic team has some tips and information for you.

First, keep your smile and appliance clean by keeping up on oral hygiene. Do your best to brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. For even better results, brush and floss your teeth after each meal and snack. Doing these things can help you remove the stuck plaque and food particles in your braces that can encourage tooth decay, enamel stains, and gum disease. So, make sure you clean your smile regularly with a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and a floss product of your choice. To make things easier, keep these things with you throughout the day so you can brush and floss when needed.

Second, avoid eating foods that can harm your appliance. During treatment, it’s best to avoid eating sugary, starchy, chewy, and sticky foods. The sugary and starchy foods tend to cling to the teeth and cause cavities while the chewy and sticky foods tend to break your brackets and wires.

Third, wear a mouthguard while you are active. If you don’t guard your teeth while you participate in high-contact sports and activities, there is a high chance of a hard, forceful object hitting your mouth, injuring your smile, and breaking your braces. So, if you want to avoid having broken and knocked out teeth and broken brackets, please wear a mouthguard while you play in games and participate in practice.

If you use our tips and recommendations, there is a high chance you will maintain strong braces and a healthy smile during treatment. For more information and details about how to take care of your teeth and appliance during orthodontic treatment, please call Golden West Dental Clinic at 909-421-8787 at your earliest convenience. We look forward to helping you!