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Are your currently wearing orthodontic braces or are you looking to do so in the future? One important reminder to keep in mind is the need to always make sure they are well cared for and properly maintained. Although braces seek to actively straighten your teeth, if they are damaged, they will not be able to function as intended. Listed below are a few successful tips to keep your braces clean:

– Protect your braces the same as you would with your teeth without braces. Wear appropriate safety gear when playing contact sports or partaking in any activity that poses a risk to your pearly whites.
– Clean your retainer at least once a week or more to ensure it is free of bacteria and contamination.
– Continue brushing and flossing your teeth every day. If traditional flossing is impossible, switch to an alternative interdental cleaner such as a water flosser.
– Never try to fix broken braces on your own. Instead, you can minimize the damage and seek out your orthodontist as soon as possible.

Broken braces can be treated with the help of our licensed professionals at James B. Macomson, DDS, MSO, PA. To book an appointment with Dr. James B. Macomson at our orthodontic office in Gastonia, North Carolina, please contact us at 704-867-3667. Save your smile and your braces with our help today!