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The more you know about orthodontics and braces, the better your orthodontic experience will be. So, to help you learn a little more about the process that shifts and moves your smile, our Nyberg Orthodontics team has provided the answers to the following frequently asked questions:

Why is good oral hygiene with braces important?
If you want a successful orthodontic experience, you need to make sure to keep up with oral hygiene. Oral hygiene is vital because food and plaque can get trapped in your smile and appliance and they can cause tooth decay, enamel stains, tooth discoloration, and even gum disease.

How should I clean my teeth and braces?
It’s best to brush your teeth after each meal and snack with a soft-bristled toothbrush. If possible, floss with special orthodontic floss during that time as well. Doing these things will help you keep your oral health and braces in tip-top shape.

How do braces feel?
Unfortunately, there are times when your braces will make your teeth sore and tender. At these times, it’s best to stick to a soft-foods diet and take pain reliever when needed. Also, your braces might poke or bother you on occasion. When this happens, feel free to cover the trouble area with orthodontic wax.

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?
If you want a successful treatment, it’s best to avoid eating sugary, starchy, sticky, and chewy foods. These foods can promote tooth decay and can even break your braces. We also recommend that you avoid drinking soda.

If you have questions that were not included in this blog, or if you are interested in knowing more, please feel free to call our office today at . When you call our office, your orthodontist, Dr. Lynnette Nyberg, and our orthodontic team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can!