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Sometimes having braces can feel like being in a bad relationship. If so, it’s time for a little couple’s therapy. To turn this relationship around, there are certain things you need to do.

The first thing Dr. Bryan Brassington recommends is brushing and flossing regularly. Unfortunately, your braces trap bacteria and food particles, which can be significantly harmful to your teeth. These trapped substances can attack your teeth and promote tooth decay and gum disease. That’s why brushing and flossing is so important when you have braces.

Secondly, avoid eating appliance-harming foods, such as toffee, caramel, gum, popcorn, and other sticky and hard foods. Eating these can damage your braces. They can of course be fixed, but the damage may set back the date you get your braces off.

Finally, remember to chew with your back teeth. If you chew in the front, the pressure can peel the brackets off your teeth and even damage the wire. It also helps to cut foods into small pieces; especially the harder foods, like apples.

If you do these things, you’ll be able to repair your relationship with your braces in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, please feel free to call Richmond Orthodontics at 804-740-7281. Our orthodontic team is excited to help you and your smile!