If you’re like most people, you probably assume that crooked teeth or an improper bite must be the result of genetics. While crooked teeth and improper bites can have roots in genetics, it’s not the only reason a person’s teeth might be twisted, crooked, or out of alignment.
I always stress to my patients the importance of the special hygiene requirements they need to follow while wearing braces. I understand that having braces put on and going over all of this new information can be a bit overwhelming.
Retainers are absolutely required after your braces are removed. Retainers play a very important role in the results of your orthodontic treatment! Retainers keep your teeth set in their new position and prevent them from shifting back to their old positions, known as a relapse.
When wearing braces, it’s not uncommon to occasionally forget about a food you should avoid eating during your treatment. In general, if a food is crunchy, chewy, hard, or sticky then you are better off avoiding it. And absolutely don’t bite into foods with your front teeth!
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