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By Kwong Orthodontics, P.C.
February 09, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces  

If you're one of the many Americans today who has braces, you know that accommodating them inside your mouth takes real care and a sharp eye. After all, putting anything in your mouth that could damage the integrity of your braces could spell disaster for their immediate and long-term effectiveness.

At Kwong Orthodontics, you'll find the expert preventive care you need from trusted orthodontists like Dr. Thomas Kwong himself toBraces ensure that your braces are in tip-top shape from the start. After all, having the knowledge you need to avoid having the wrong stuff for your braces in your mouth and its accompanying potential pitfalls is always better than correctional care after you've already bitten off more than you can chew (or your braces can handle, more accurately...).

Check out five common foods you should avoid if you have braces below:

  • Popcorn
  • Hard and/or sticky candy
  • Hard pretzels
  • Ice
  • Gum

Also, don't chew on things like writing utensils (pens, pencils) or your fingernails, because chewing on these hard surfaces can break or damage your braces. Also, maintaining proper dental hygiene is pertinent to your braces' continued long-term achievement, making brushing (and flossing!) a must-have in your daily dental routine.

Once your braces have been placed, one of the expert orthodontic professionals at Kwong Orthodontics will be more specific about the best way you can care for your braces without neglecting surrounding tooth structures, such as your gums, so that you can continue on the path to optimal dental wellness!

For more information on what to avoid if you want your braces to stay as effective as possible, give Dr. Kwong a call today at (269) 366-0882 so a treatment plan can be set up that's specific to your dental needs. After all, personalized dental care is something that's always sought after at Kwong Orthodontics here in Portage, MI!