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Have you ever wondered how to effectively clean your teeth with braces on? It’s not as hard as it may seem, but there is a little extra effort required. The secret lies not only in what you do to clean them but also what you eat.

The foods you eat might not only be hard to clean away, as they could get lodged in tight places but also some foods can even damage your braces. Here are some tips on how to care for your teeth without breaking your braces.

Because traditional braces may inhibit your regular eating patterns, avoid foods mentioned by your orthodontist that can get stuck in or damage your braces. A few holiday foods to avoid include:
– chewy candies such as taffy or chewing gum
– hard candies such as candy canes
– popcorn or corn on the cob
– apples
– various nuts and snacks
– hard cookies, peanut brittle, and crackers

Always remember to brush your teeth twice daily and floss your teeth once daily. Don’t forget to clean your retainer weekly. It’s also important to be careful with objects around your mouth which can damage your braces or your teeth. It is important to visit regularly with your orthodontist.

If you have any oral accidents, or your braces have been damaged, please contact Memphis Orthodontic Specialists, P.C. as soon as possible. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott Werner, we can be reached at 901-767-5415, or stop by our office in Memphis, Tennessee. Our friendly staff is always happy to take your call and help address any questions or concerns you have pertaining to your smile’s care. We hope you enjoy your holiday season this festive year.