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Braces can give you the perfect smile you desire—but only if you take good care of them. This is why it’s important to do all you can to keep your teeth and braces in tip-top shape. One way to do so is to avoid bad habits that can harm and damage your braces. Those habits are:

Forgetting to brush, floss, and rinse: Oral hygiene is vital for your smile transformation process. This is because strong and healthy teeth can help you stay on track toward the smile of your dreams. So, please remember to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse daily.

Eating appliance-harming foods: Unfortunately, eating appliance-harming foods, like sticky, hard and chewy foods and treats, can break your appliance and make it harder to achieve the smile you’re looking for. So, please do your best to avoid eating foods and treats that can harm or alter your appliance, like caramel, taffy, apples, and popcorn.

Not wearing a mouthguard: Refusing to wear a mouthguard while you participate in high-contact sports and activities can put your smile and appliance in grave danger. This is because hard, forceful objects tend to hit your mouth and break your braces and even your teeth. So, please wear a mouthguard whenever you are active.

Avoiding these habits by keeping up on oral hygiene, avoiding appliance-harming foods, and wearing a mouthguard can help you maintain strong, reliable, and effective braces. To learn more about how to take care of your braces in Marco Island, Naples, Fort Myers, and Sanibel, Florida, please remember that you can always call Alan Rembos DDS at one of our 4 convenient locations and talk to a member of our orthodontic team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alan Rembos if you have any problems with your appliance. We look forward to helping you!