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At Skyline Orthodontics, Dr. Laura Rothe and our team are pleased to share with you how important orthodontics is to a healthy smile in Elkhorn, Nebraska. As part of October’s National Orthodontic Health Month, we want our patients to know that 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.

To help you enjoy the upcoming holiday festivities while protecting your hard-earned smile, we have four tips to protect your braces:

#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 Skyline Orthodontics in Elkhorn, Nebraska, you don’t have to give up the fun this holiday season just because you are wearing braces. With a little extra care, you can keep aligning your smile and enjoy yourself along the way. To find out more, or to schedule your next visit, please give our team a call at 402.289.3232.