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Bits of apple, caramel, corn, carrot, steak, potato chips, or bubble gum are just a few of the foods likely to get stuck in your new braces. Some people have reported having small bits of food stuck in their braces for days, only to notice their presence when they finally come lose!
Over time, and with hints from orthodontists, most people with dental braces figure out which foods are more likely to get uncomfortably lodged in one's braces. However, the fact remains that, regardless of what you eat, braces tend to cause more plaque and bits of food than usual to gather on your teeth.
When you have braces, it is therefore even more important than usual to brush shortly after every meal and not just first thing in the morning and right before bed. The slight inconvenience can save you a lot of time, money, and discomfort as it will help prevent unnecessary cavities or gum disease.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|