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October is known for getting the holidays out of the starting gate, but it is also National Orthodontic Health Month. At Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Manchester, Dr. Steven Rodriguez and Dr. Swapna Kakarla are excited to share how important orthodontics is to a healthy smile for our patients in Manchester, Michigan.

Aligning crooked or crowded teeth doesn’t simply result in a more attractive smile, correcting a “bad bite,” actually results in a healthier mouth. So, in honor of October’s National Orthodontic Health Month, here are four tips to help protect your braces and your smile.

#1- To protect braces, with their brackets, orthodontic bands, and arch wires, please avoid candy or snacks which are hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy such as caramel or bubblegum. Never chew ice, and watch out for popcorn, nuts, candies with nuts inside, and peanut candies in the hard-shell.

#2- If you are indulging in extra sugary treats due to the holiday, beat cavities by stepping up your brushing and flossing game. Brush carefully around all of your brackets and wires, focusing on places where your teeth meet your gums and where your braces attach to your teeth.

#3- To protect your braces, stick with soft chocolates, peppermint patties, peanut butter cups and other treats that melt in your mouth and can easily be washed away.

#4- For our patients wearing braces who also engage in sports, wearing mouth guards will protect your lips and your cheeks from cuts or damaged braces should you accidentally get hit in the face or fall down.

At Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Manchester in Manchester, Michigan, we offer both metal and ceramic braces as well as Invisalign® for our patients seeking an aligned smile. We also offer mouthguards for those active in sports. If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call 734-428-8000 today. Dr. Steven Rodriguez and Dr. Swapna Kakarla, along with the rest of our dedicated team, are excited to help you get ready for the holiday season!