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Taking care of your braces is crucial to ensure a successful orthodontic treatment and achieve the desired results.

At Light Dental Studios, we provide comprehensive guidance on how to maintain your braces effectively. Here's a detailed overview of how to care for your braces:

Oral Hygiene

Proper oral hygiene is paramount when you have braces. Brushing and flossing after every meal and snack is essential to remove food particles that can get trapped in the braces and between teeth.

Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth gently. Angle the brush to reach both the braces and your gumline.

Flossing with orthodontic floss threaders or a water flosser can help clean between brackets and wires. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also important to monitor your oral health.

Diet and Food Restrictions

While wearing braces, it's crucial to be mindful of your diet to avoid damaging your orthodontic appliances. Steer clear of hard, sticky, or chewy foods that can break brackets and wires.

Opt for softer foods like pasta, yogurt, and cooked vegetables. Cut fruits and vegetables into smaller, bite-sized pieces to minimize the risk of damaging your braces.

Avoid habits like nail-biting, chewing on pencils, or opening packages with your teeth to prevent unnecessary pressure on your braces.

Orthodontic Wax

Orthodontic Wax
Orthodontic wax is a helpful tool provided by Light Dental Studios.

It can be placed over any sharp or irritating edges of your braces to prevent discomfort or sore spots in your mouth.


If you play contact sports or engage in activities where there's a risk of facial injury, wearing a mouthguard is crucial.

A custom-made orthodontic mouthguard can protect both your braces and your mouth from injury.

Follow Orthodontic Instructions

Listen to and follow the instructions provided by your orthodontist at Light Dental Studios. This includes adhering to your appointment schedule for adjustments and check-ups.

If you're given rubber bands or other orthodontic appliances, use them as directed to achieve the desired tooth movement.

Emergencies and Repairs

In the event of a loose bracket or wire, contact Light Dental Studios immediately for guidance. Do not attempt to fix or adjust the braces on your own, as this can lead to complications.

By adhering to these guidelines and maintaining good oral hygiene, you can ensure the effectiveness of your orthodontic treatment while minimizing any discomfort or inconvenience associated with braces. At Light Dental Studios, our team is dedicated to providing you with the support and information you need to care for your braces and achieve a beautifully aligned smile.

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General Information

Do I need a referral from my regular dentist to access in-house specialty services at Light Dental Studios?
No, you do not typically need a referral. You can directly schedule an appointment with our in-house specialists for consultations and treatments.
What are the advantages of choosing in-house specialty services at Light Dental Studios over external providers?
Our in-house specialties offer convenience, coordinated care, and a familiar, comfortable environment. You can receive comprehensive dental services from a trusted team under one roof.
What areas do you serve?
Can I request a consultation or learn more about in-house specialties at Light Dental Studios online?
Yes, you can easily request a consultation or find more information about our in-house specialties on our website or by contacting our office.

In-House Specialties

What is Dental Sleep Medicine, and how can it benefit me?
Dental Sleep Medicine specializes in treating sleep-related breathing disorders like sleep apnea. It offers solutions to help you achieve better sleep, improved health, and increased quality of life.
How does Light Dental Studios' in-house denture lab enhance my denture experience?
Our in-house denture lab ensures faster turnaround times for fittings, adjustments, and repairs, providing you with well-fitting, comfortable dentures without lengthy wait times.
What orthodontic treatments and braces options are available at Light Dental Studios?
We offer a range of orthodontic treatments, including traditional braces and clear aligners, such as Invisalign, to address alignment issues and create a straight, healthy smile.
What services are provided by Light Dental Studios' Implants and Periodontics specialists?
Our periodontists offer dental implant procedures to address tooth loss and provide periodontal treatments to manage gum disease, ensuring optimal oral health.
What types of oral and maxillofacial surgeries are performed at Light Dental Studios?
Our oral surgeons perform a variety of procedures, including tooth extractions, wisdom teeth removal, corrective jaw surgeries, and more, to address dental and facial concerns.
Is Dental Sleep Medicine covered by dental insurance, and what about other in-house specialties?
Coverage varies by insurance plans. We recommend contacting your insurance provider to understand your specific coverage for each specialty.
How do I know if I have a sleep-related breathing disorder like sleep apnea?
Common symptoms include loud snoring, frequent waking during the night, excessive daytime sleepiness, and difficulty concentrating. A sleep study or consultation with our Dental Sleep Medicine specialist can provide a definitive diagnosis.

Disclaimer: Please note that the provided information above is based on general knowledge, and it's always recommended to consult with our doctors for personalized advice and recommendations regarding your or your child's specific dental needs and conditions. For any questions or concerns, please call our office.


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