Building a Perfect Smile through Braces

Whether you’re wearing invisalign braces, cosmetic braces, or any of the other teeth bracing options that are now available, you have probably noticed that wearing dental braces means that you are probably going to have to change certain parts of your lifestyle until your braces straighten your teeth.

Changing your lifestyle might seem a bit scary at first, but in the end it will be worth it to once you have the straight teeth that you desire.

The first thing  that you will notice about your braces, is that you’re going to have to change your diet.  Your braces are going to be going over your teeth, so you have to think about the effect that the food you put in your mouth is going to have on your braces, so this means staying away from chewy foods (bagels, licorice), crunchy foods (ice, chips), sticky foods (gum), and foods prone to getting between your choppers (apples, corn on the cob).  All of these foods can easily get stuck in your teeth and harm not just your braces but the braces process, which could put you back a few weeks even months in the braces process.

Also since your braces are going to be going over your teeth, it’s important to take care of your teeth, so that your teeth and gums are healthy after the braces are removed.  This of course means not only brushing your teeth, but flossing them as well every day.

If you plan on participating in any sports it’s also important to know the effects that your braces can have on your teeth.  The biting and grinding off your teeth that happens during most sporting events can have a detrimental fact, on your braces.  To prevent any damage in your teeth during this period, it’s important that you invest in a mouth guard or retainer that will prevent you from biting down on your teeth.

Last but not least it’s important that you clean your braces every night.  Even if you’re sticking to a regular diet it’s important that nothing sticks to your braces or breaks them, so feel free to take them out every night and remove any food or debris that might have got trapped in them.

Following these tips will help ensure that you will have the perfect smile once your braces are removed.

Rebecca Schmorr

Rebecca Schmorr is the owner and leading dentist at Glenwood Smiles. For over 5 years she has served the Raleigh North Carolina community, as the owner of a top Raleigh dentist office and as it's chief dental surgeon. For more information about her or just for general Raleigh dentist information visit her website at

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