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Orthodontic treatment is very beneficial. In fact, it’s so beneficial that it can help you reach your dream smile. However, it can also be a little troublesome at times, which usually results in a longer treatment time. So, if you want to keep your smile and oral health in tip-top shape during your treatment so you can achieve your perfect smile as soon as possible, our Bartlett & Alexander Orthodontics orthodontic team has some helpful tips for you. We encourage you to do all you can to avoid the following dental issues:

Tooth decay: Your braces can make oral hygiene a bit tricky, but it’s still very important to clean your smile on a regular basis. If you don’t, or if you perform poor cleaning jobs, the food particles and plaque will remain on your smile, promoting tooth decay.

Gum disease: Again, because it’s tough to clean around braces, plaque sometimes won’t be removed on a regular basis, which is very harmful to your smile. If the plaque stays, it can irritate your gums and eventually turn into tartar. At this point, your smile can become severely infected with gum disease. This dangerous dental issue can result in loose and lost teeth and extremely inflamed and infected gums.

Sensitivity: It’s common for your teeth to be sensitive when you have braces. Your smile isn’t used to having brackets cemented to it and the constant movement is unusual for your teeth. Receding gums resulting from gingivitis can also cause sensitive teeth. So, to help with this issue, we encourage you to brush your teeth with fluoride or desensitizing toothpaste.

Bad breath: If you have food stuck in your teeth, it’s common to have bad breath. So, to help with this issue, you can clean your teeth and braces after each meal and snack and you can scrub your tongue. You can also rinse your mouth with mouthwash after you’ve brushed and flossed.

If you brush, floss, and rinse your smile regularly and keep up with your six-month checkups, you’ll be on the right track toward a pristine oral health while you align your smile with braces in Queensbury, New York. To learn more, please remember that you can always call 518-793-8511 and talk to your orthodontist, Dr. Steven Alexander, or a member of our team. We are happy to help you!