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Did you know that if you don’t take good care of your smile and braces, your treatment time could be delayed? Well, it’s true. This is why our Payson Orthodontics team encourages you to keep your smile and braces in tip-top shape as Halloween rounds the corner and heads toward us.

Your orthodontist, Dr. Ben McDowell, recommends that you take good care of your appliance and oral health by doing the following things:

-Brush carefully: There is a high chance that your Halloween candy can get stuck in your braces. So, it’s very important to brush your teeth as often as possible with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. If the soft-bristled toothbrush isn’t doing a good job, you can try brushing with an orthodontic toothbrush that has V-shaped bristles.

-Brush between your brackets: Make sure to brush between your brackets so you don’t have to worry about having cavities this Halloween. You can use an interdental toothbrush to clean these areas.

-Don’t forget to floss: Flossing at least once a day is very important, especially when you have braces. This will help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease this holiday season. If you have trouble flossing, you can use a floss threader or stiff-tipped floss.

-Attend your adjustment appointments: Make sure to attend your adjustment appointments. This will help you keep on track toward your perfect smile. It’s also recommended to visit your dentist every six months so you can prevent dental issues that delay your treatment time.

For more tips and information on how to care for your braces in Payson, Arizona, especially during Halloween, please feel free to call our office today at 928-472-7223 and talk to a member of our team. We’re happy to help you!