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Your braces are the key to having the perfect smile you’ve always wanted, which is why it’s important for you to treat your braces right. So, to help you have a positive relationship with your braces in Queensbury, New York, your orthodontist, Dr. Steven Alexander, recommends doing the following things:

-Floss: Flossing cleans the spaces between your teeth and prevents gum disease, which is why it’s best to floss at least once a day. However, flossing with braces might be a little bit difficult. So, if you need help flossing, talk to your orthodontist and ask for a floss threader.

-Avoid eating sticky or hard foods: Your braces will thank you if you avoid eating sticky and hard foods, like toffee, caramel, and gummy candies. If you eat these foods, there is a high chance that your brackets and wires can break.

-Chew with your back teeth: Chewing with your front teeth can increase your chances of breaking brackets and wires. So, we encourage you to cut your food into small pieces, pop them into your mouth, and chew them with your back teeth.

-Wear rubber bands and headgear: Rubber bands and headgear might seem annoying, but if you don’t wear them, you could increase your treatment time by months. So, it’s best to wear them at the recommended times so you don’t have issues in the future.

If you do these things, you will have a high chance of achieving your dream smile in a timely manner. These things will also help you have the best orthodontic experience possible. If you have any questions or if you would like more information on how to keep your braces in tip-top condition, please call Bartlett & Alexander Orthodontics at 518-793-8511 today!