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Spring 2005
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For braces, more TLC

Keeping your teeth clean when you have braces is likely to take a little extra time and effort. But visions of how great your teeth will soon look may be enough to keep you motivated day after day.

To minimize food debris and plaque, follow your orthodontist’s advice on how and how often you need to brush and floss. He or she may recommend a fluoride mouthwash for hard-to-reach spots.

The American Association of Orthodontists advises patients with braces to avoid eating sticky, chewy and hard foods, as well as chewing on pens and other hard objects that can damage braces.