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Do you have questions about orthodontics in Brooklyn, New York? If so, our Michael Emanuel DDS PLLC team is more than happy to help you! We understand that orthodontics and braces can be a bit overwhelming and confusing, and we are happy to help you know more by giving you the answers to the following frequently asked questions:

Why is good oral hygiene with braces important?
Good oral hygiene with braces is vital if you want a successful orthodontic treatment. If you don’t clean your teeth and braces each day, food and plaque can get stuck in the crevices of your smile, causing tooth decay, enamel stains, and tooth discoloration.

How should I clean my teeth and braces?
It’s best to brush your teeth after each meal and snack with a soft-bristled toothbrush. This will not only keep your smile and braces in tip-top shape, but it will also help you avoid embarrassing food-filled smile moments. We also recommend flossing your teeth with special orthodontic floss at least once a day.

How do braces feel?
Your braces will make your teeth sore at times, especially after you’ve had a tightening appointment. When your teeth are sore, it’s best to stick to a soft-foods diet and take pain reliever when necessary. If your braces are poking or bothering you, you can cover the troublesome area with orthodontic wax.

How long do I have to wear braces?
Your treatment time depends on the condition of your smile and bite. If your teeth and bite are severely misaligned, your treatment will last longer. Generally, patients wear braces from 18 to 30 months. After you get your braces off, you will need to wear a retainer.

What foods should I avoid eating?
For the best orthodontic experience possible, you will need to avoid eating sugary, sticky, chewy, and starchy foods. We also recommend that you avoid drinking soda.

The more you know about orthodontics and braces, the better. So, if you would like to know more, please feel free to call our office at 718-336-5005 and talk to your orthodontist, Dr. Michael Emanuel, or a member of our dental team. We are more than happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!