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Braces can be overwhelming and confusing at times, especially if you don’t know much about them. So, to help you know more about braces and orthodontics, our [practice_name] team has provided the answers to the following questions:

Why is good oral hygiene with braces important?
Good oral hygiene with braces is vital if you want a successful orthodontic treatment. If you don’t clean your teeth and braces each day, food and plaque can get stuck in the crevices of your smile, causing tooth decay, enamel stains, and tooth discoloration.

How should I clean my teeth and braces?
You should brush and floss your teeth after each meal and snack with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and you should floss at least once a day with special orthodontic floss. You can also rinse your mouth vigorously with water if you don’t have oral hygiene tools handy.

How do braces feel?
There are times when your braces might make your teeth a bit sore, especially after tightening appointments. At these times, make sure to have a soft-foods diet and take a pain reliever. You can also find comfort with orthodontic wax if your braces are poking or bothering you.

How long do I have to wear braces?
The length of your orthodontic treatment depends on the severity of the misalignments in your smile. Generally, braces are worn for about 18 to 30 months. After your braces are removed, you will need to wear a retainer.

What foods should I avoid eating?
You should avoid eating and drinking sweets, soda, and other sugary and starchy foods and products. You should also avoid eating sticky and chewy foods because they can easily break your appliance.

If you would like to know more about braces or if you have questions that weren’t included in this blog, please call our office at [phone] and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. [doctor_name], if you have any concerns. We are happy to help you!