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Traditional braces represent a significant investment in realigning your teeth, to provide you with a more attractive smile and more efficient oral function. The metal brackets and other components provide a system capable of exerting progressive tension on the periodontal ligaments that influence the orientation of your teeth.

While the braces are durable, they still need to be cleaned and maintained every day. Problems with cavities and gum disease could complicate the realignment process, which could increase the time it takes to fully correct the alignment of your teeth.

Our orthodontist encourages patients to brush their teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You also need to remember to thoroughly floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline at least once each day. Removing food particles and plaque on a consistent basis will go a long way toward preventing cavities and gum disease.

Dr. Joseph P. Goodson also notes that preserving the structural integrity of your braces is also an important part of the realignment process. It’s best to avoid eating sticky and very hard foods. These things can potentially loosen a bracket or bend a wire or lead to excess wear and tear on the components.

If you are in the Austin, Texas, area and you have misaligned teeth, you should consider calling 512-258-6683 to set up a braces consultation at Joseph P. Goodson DMD, MS.