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Avoid common pitfalls with orthodontic braces. If you have a set of orthodontic aligners or are currently considering getting them, it is important to remember that the secret to success lies in your quality care and effort put into caring for them.

As long as you remember to care for your braces the same way you care for your teeth and gums, your treatment and recovery time will go along much more smoothly and efficiently.

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 Wendy Chen Orthodontics as soon as possible. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wendy Chen, we can be reached at 817-581-4031, or stop by our office in Colleyville, Texas. Our friendly staff is happy to help address your concerns. By taking the steps to avoid these festive treats, your smile can stay in sweet shape this holiday season.