When kids and parents think of October, they think of Halloween, bags full of candy, jack o’ lanterns, and pumpkin spice lattes! When we think of October, we think about beautiful, healthy smiles! October brings National Orthodontic Health Month, a time to focus on and celebrate great oral care and the work that goes into creating amazing, healthy smiles.

More than 1.2 million adults and 3 million kids and teens wear braces at any time.  That’s a lot of orthodontic treatment and a great reason to acknowledge the role orthodontic health plays in our lives. 

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Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for straight teeth.The true purpose of braces is to gain a healthy bite. Straight teeth that meet the opposing jaw properly enabling you to eat, speak and chew properly. They also make it easier to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease. Having correctly aligned teeth results in a happier, healthier mouth. The beautiful new smile is a bonus!

Our team wants to share these tips for keeping your braces looking and working their best! 

Avoid sticky and hard candies: Sticky sweets and hard candies can damage the brackets attached to your teeth. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a sweet treat, though. Choose soft options, like peanut butter cups, soft chocolate bars or ice cream (minus the nuts, of course!)

Make sure to brush:  After enjoying your soft treat, be sure to brush your teeth and gums to keep your smile healthy. Braces can trap bacteria which can lead to cavities. Thoroughly brushing and flossing in and around your braces will ensure that you avoid cavities during orthodontic treatment.

Commit to excellent oral health year-round: Taking the time to floss, brush properly and care for your teeth and braces every day will keep your mouth healthy year-round.  During your next orthodontic visit, ask for tips on brushing techniques. Our team of professionals is always willing to help you learn how to manage your orthodontic appliances.

Schedule an appointment at Zeifman Orthodontics: Remember to maintain regular checkups at Zeifman Orthodontics so that we can check for any issues and make any necessary adjustments. If you have yet to start your orthodontic journey, schedule a complimentary consultation today!

Taking the time to follow these simple steps will keep your braces looking shiny and working great!

Happy National Orthodontic Health Month, from our team at Zeifman Orthodontics!