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If you want to stay on track toward your perfect smile this Halloween, then it’s important to keep your braces and teeth in tip-top shape. Halloween can be a scary time for your orthodontic appliance and for your teeth and gums. So, to help you care for your smile, our Advanced Center for Orthodontics team recommends doing the following things:

-Brush carefully: Don’t let food or candy particles remain trapped in your braces. To remove them, it’s best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and brush your teeth and braces carefully. If the soft-bristled toothbrush doesn’t work for you, you can use an orthodontic toothbrush that has V-shaped bristles.

-Brush between your brackets: Make sure to brush between your brackets so you can remove the harmful particles that create tooth decay and gum disease. You can use an interdental toothbrush to clean these spaces.

-Don’t forget to floss: Flossing at least once a day is important if you have braces, especially during Halloween. So, make sure to floss each crevice of your smile on a regular basis. If you have difficulty flossing, you can use a floss threader or stiff-tipped floss.

-Attend your adjustment appointments: Do your best to attend your adjustment appointments when recommended. Doing so will help you stay on track toward your perfect smile. We also recommend visiting your dentist for a six month checkup and cleaning so you can protect your teeth from the harmful candy particles that will attack your smile this Halloween.

If you do these things, there is a high chance you can maintain strong and functional braces in Freehold, New Jersey. To learn more, please feel free to call our office today at 732-308-0022 and schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Michael Chung. We are more than happy to help you!