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Best Practices for Braces By Jefferson Valley NY Orthodontist

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No matter what your orthodontic journey looks like, there are some things that don’t change no matter what kind of treatment option for braces you go with. It’s important to know what you’re “getting yourself into,” so here are a few tips and tricks when dealing with any kind of orthodontic treatment.

Brush, Brush, Brush!

The #1 most important thing to do no matter what kind of braces you choose is to brush your teeth often. Food gets stuck in teeth and in brackets, and bacteria naturally lives in your mouth, so brushing is imperative if you want to avoid cavities, decalcification, and other oral health issues. Though this is true even if you don’t have braces, undergoing orthodontic treatment makes it absolutely vital to brush your teeth.

Floss, Too

Not flossing may seem okay when you’re young, but over time, it can cause problems. If you have braces of any kind, including Invisalign, you have to get as many of the germs out of your mouth as possible. Flossing helps prevent gum disease and ensures that all five surfaces of your teeth get as clean as possible. A receding gum line, decalcification around the edges of your teeth, gum disease, and cavities forming between teeth are all hazards of not flossing.

Do As Your New York (NY) Orthodontist Says

If your New York (NY) orthodontist tells you not to eat corn on the cob, then don’t eat corn on the cob! This food is difficult to eat with braces and it will get stuck in your brackets, your archwire, and your ligatures. You may spend the next hour or two picking corn out of your braces and your teeth, whether you brush them or not.

If your New York (NY) orthodontist says don’t eat taffy, then don’t eat it! It’s sticky and – worse – it’s sugary and will increase your chances of decalcification and cavities.

If your New York (NY) orthodontist tells you not to eat with your Invisalign trays in, then don’t do it! You can stain or damage them, hindering the process for which they were created.

Stay Encouraged

Sometimes mouth soreness, sores from braces, a ligature popping off, not being able to get your trays in and out easily, not being able to get your braces as clean as you’d like, or any other number of inconveniences can frustrate you as you try to reach  your ultimate goal: a beautiful, straight smile. Don’t lose hope! Picture yourself with perfectly straight teeth and renew your resolve. It will be well worth it in the end and you’ll come through the process with fantastic oral hygiene habits. These alone can last a lifetime.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your journey to straighter teeth, give us a call! We’d love to help you get started on a path to straighter teeth, a beautiful smile, and oral health habits to last a lifetime.

Schechtman Orthodontics of Jefferson Valley NY and Purchase NY are the only orthodontic practices in Westchester and Putnam counties in New York (NY) that utilize SureSmile® technology. SureSmile® technology speeds up the braces process by as much as 35%, and provides the most precise treatment. We are also an Invisalign® provider and we offer our patients other alternatives to traditional braces.

Schechtman Orthodontics currently offers a complimentary Schechtman Smile Analysis. There are many types of braces that can be used to achieve your perfect smile. Schechtman Orthodontics is Westchester county and Putnam county’s top rated orthodontist for transforming smiles for over 25 years.

Financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining your best smile with braces. We offer affordable payment plans with low monthly installments.

Book your free, no obligation Schechtman Smile Analysis today!


At Schechtman Orthodontics, we want to ensure you are confident with your decision for not only your choice in orthodontic treatment, but also for the orthodontics office in New York you choose to start your braces and orthodontic treatment. To ensure you are completely confident in your decision, we offer a few no-obligation, no-pressure ways to get started!

  1. Find out what the most important aspects are in choosing the right orthodontist in Jefferson Valley or Purchase, NY for you or your child by reading our free report, "The Top 10 Things To Know Before Choosing Your Orthodontist."
  2. Take this assessment to see if Dr. Schechtman is the right orthodontist for you or your family!
  3. Click here to fill out the form to receive your complimentary Schechtman Smile Analysis, a $250 value!
  4. Call 914.962.9600 to speak with a Schechtman Orthodontics team member right away!
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