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October is National Orthodontic Health Month, and at Ramsay Orthodontics, Dr. Stephan Ramsay and our team are excited to share how important orthodontics is to a healthy smile for our patients in Austin, Texas.

Aligning crooked or crowded teeth doesn’t simply result in a more attractive smile, correcting a “bad bite,” actually results in a healthier mouth. So, in honor of October’s National Orthodontic Health Month, we would like to share four tips to protect your braces and your smile this holiday season.

#1- To protect braces, with their brackets, orthodontic bands, and arch wires, please avoid candy or snacks which are hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy such as caramel or bubblegum. Never chew ice, and watch out for popcorn, nuts, candies with nuts inside, and peanut candies in the hard-shell.

#2- If you are indulging in extra sugary treats due to the holiday, beat cavities by stepping up your brushing and flossing game. Brush carefully around all of your brackets and wires, focusing on places where your teeth meet your gums and where your braces attach to your teeth.

#3- To protect your braces, stick with soft chocolates, peppermint patties, peanut butter cups and other treats that melt in your mouth and can easily be washed away.

#4- For our patients wearing braces who also engage in sports, wearing mouth guards will protect your lips and your cheeks from cuts or damaged braces should you accidentally get hit in the face or fall down.

At Ramsay Orthodontics in Austin, Texas, we are pleased to offer braces for our patients looking for a stellar smile. If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call 512-346-1384 today. Dr. Stephan Ramsay and the rest of our dedicated team are pleased to help you get ready for the holidays while keeping your smile healthy!