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To help you understand orthodontics and orthodontic treatment, our Shelley A Tretter DMD MS INC team has provided the answers to the following frequently asked questions:

Why is good oral hygiene with braces important?
Food particles and plaque tend to get stuck in the smile and appliance, which poses a threat on your oral health and orthodontic treatment. If you don’t keep up on oral hygiene, it could result in tooth decay, gum disease, enamel stains, and tooth discoloration.

How should I clean my teeth and braces?
It’s best to brush your teeth after each meal and snack with a soft-bristled toothbrush. If possible, floss with special orthodontic floss during that time as well. Doing these things will help you keep your oral health and braces in tip-top shape.

How do braces feel?
There are times when your braces will make your teeth a bit sore and tender, especially after a tightening appointment. At these times, it’s best to have a soft-foods diet and take pain reliever when necessary. If there are times when your appliance is poking or bothering you, just cover the trouble area with orthodontic wax.

How long do I have to wear braces?
Your treatment time depends on the condition of your smile and bite. If your teeth and bite are severely misaligned, your treatment will last longer. Generally, patients wear braces from 18 to 30 months. After you get your braces off, you will need to wear a retainer.

What foods should I avoid eating?
There are many foods that you need to avoid eating if you want a successful experience. Some of the foods we recommend avoiding include sugary, sticky, chewy, and starchy foods. These products can create tooth decay and can even break your appliance.

Now, we understand that you probably have additional questions that were not included in this blog. So, if that’s the case, please feel free to call our office at 513-697-9999 and ask us any questions you have! We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Shelley Tretter, if you have any concerns about your smile or braces. We are more than happy to help you!