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At Gateway Oaks Dental, Dr. Hoang Truong and our team are pleased to offer Fastbraces® for our patients seeking straighter smiles in Sacramento, California. The Fastbraces® technology works by using triangular brackets and more flexible wires, and to help you enjoy the upcoming holiday festivities while protecting your smile while wearing braces, we offer the following tips:

#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 Gateway Oaks Dental in Sacramento, California, 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 enjoy the holiday festivities while taking care of your braces. To find out more, or to schedule your next visit, please give us a call at 916-649-0249 today!