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October ushers in fall winds and sugar-laden festivities, but it also brings in National Orthodontic Health Month! At our dental practice in Staunton, Virginia, Dr. Justin Karrel and our team want our patients to know how important orthodontics is to a healthy, aligned smile. Since we provide Six-Month Smiles® braces for our patients, we also want you to celebrate the holidays safely while enjoying every minute.

Protecting Your Braces

— 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.

— If you are indulging in more 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.

— 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.

— For those wearing braces who also engage in sports, consider wearing mouth guards to protect your lips and your cheeks from cuts or damaged braces should you accidentally get hit in the face or fall down.

At our dental practice in Staunton, Virginia, we are excited to offer Six-Month Smiles® as well as Invisalign® for our patients seeking a straighter, more aligned smile. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our dentist, please call 540-885-1631 . Dr. Justin Karrel and our team are excited to help you enjoy the upcoming holidays with a spooktacularly healthy smile!