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Do you want to have a positive and successful orthodontic experience? If so, then you need to treat your braces right. If you treat them right, you will develop a positive relationship with them and then they will return the favor and treat you right. There are many things you can do to improve your relationship with your braces in Potomac, Maryland, and those things are:

Floss: Make sure you floss between your teeth each day. Doing so will clean your mouth, prevent gum disease, and lessen your chances of having an embarrassing food-filled smile. If you have a hard time flossing between your teeth because of the braces, you can talk to your orthodontist about a floss threader.

Avoid eating sticky or hard foods: It’s best to avoid eating products like toffee, caramel, gum, and other sticky treats because they can easily break your brackets and wires. Your braces will thank you if you avoid eating them altogether.

Chew with your back teeth: If you bite into foods with your front teeth, there is a high chance that your front brackets and wires can break. So, it’s time to change your habits. It’s best to cut hard-to-eat foods into small pieces and pop them into the back of your mouth, chewing them with your back teeth.

Wear rubber bands and headgear: Even though rubber bands and headgear can be extremely annoying, it’s recommended to wear them at the suggested times. If you ignore the guidance and refuse to wear these parts of your appliance, then there is a good chance that your treatment time will be increased by months.

If you do these things, you’re on the right track toward your dream smile! For more information and details, or to talk to your orthodontist, Dr. Christopher Liang, about any concerns, please call Liang Orthodontics today at 301-983-3132. We are happy to help you, and we look forward to hearing from you!