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Braces are strong, successful, and sometimes even colorful! They move your teeth and give you the smile you have always wanted. To teach you a little more about braces in Yuma, Arizona, Dr. Joseph Wilson is happy to share some handy facts.

First, it’s important to keep up on oral hygiene when you are aligning your smile. This is because food and plaque get stuck in and around the braces hardware. If they are not removed regularly, you could have a food-filled smile as well as experience dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease. The dental issues could prolong your treatment. So, it’s best to brush and floss after you eat.

Second, there are times when your teeth will be a bit sore during your alignment process. This is normal and it means the teeth are moving. When the teeth are tender, only eat soft foods and take over-the-counter pain medication. That is, if it’s needed.

Third, the length of your orthodontic treatment depends on the misalignment of your smile. Typically, the alignment process can last about 18 to 30 months. When your orthodontist removes your braces, you will need to wear a retainer so your teeth won’t drift out of position.

To learn more about braces in Yuma, Arizona, please reach out to our orthodontic team by calling (928) 343-9559. Our dental team will be more than happy to answer your questions and teach you what we know so you can have a successful orthodontic journey!