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It’s normal to have questions about braces in Enid, Oklahoma. So, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask our friendly and helpful orthodontic team at Gary Lee Breece DDS MS. To start giving you the answers you need, we have provided the answers to the following frequently asked questions:

Why is good oral hygiene with braces important?
Good oral hygiene is vital if you want a speedy orthodontic treatment and successful smile results. Oral hygiene is important because plaque and food particles can get stuck in your teeth and appliance, causing tooth decay, enamel stains, and tooth discoloration. You could also be vulnerable to gum disease.

How should I clean my teeth and braces?
It’s best to brush your teeth after each meal and snack. You can floss at those times as well if you feel up to it. Brushing and flossing frequently will help you keep your smile in tip-top shape and will also help you avoid embarrassing food-filled smile moments.

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 will depend on how misaligned and uneven your smile and bite are. If you have severely misaligned teeth, you will need to wear your braces longer. Generally, patients wear braces for about 18 to 30 months.

What foods should I avoid eating?
You should avoid eating and drinking sweets, soda, and other sugary and starchy foods and products. You should also avoid eating sticky and chewy foods because they can easily break your appliance.

To learn more about braces and orthodontics, or to talk to your orthodontist, Dr. Gary Lee Breece, about any concerns with your smile or appliance, please call our office at 580-233-2557 and schedule an appointment. We are happy to help you!