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If you have orthodontic braces or need orthodontic braces, it is important to remember that you must care for your braces in addition to your teeth. If your braces are damaged they will not be able to do the job requested of them, and recovery time for your teeth will take much longer.

As the holiday season approaches, there could be many more temptations that seek to disrupt your orthodontic care. Here are a few hints to keep your braces in great shape.

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 also important to visit regularly with your orthodontist.

If you have any oral accidents, or your braces have been damaged, please contact Joseph P. Goodson DMD, MS as soon as possible. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph P. Goodson, we can be reached at 512-258-6683, or stop by our office in Austin, Texas. So, call us today and make an appointment. Let us help you smile this holiday season.