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If you want a strong and healthy smile while you align your teeth with braces, then you need to care for your teeth by preventing tooth enamel fractures, also known as tooth enamel cracks. Unfortunately, there are many things that can fracture your tooth enamel, so you have to be careful. To help you maintain healthy, crack-free teeth when you align your smile with braces, our orthodontist, Dr. Frank Iuorno, encourages you to do the following things:

-Don’t chew on pens, pencils, ice, or your fingernails: If you chew on these things, it applies abnormal pressure to the teeth. Oftentimes, the enamel can’t withstand this pressure and then it gives in, allowing the shell to crack. It might be a small crack at first, but it can get bigger with time.

-Use fluoride: Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens the tooth enamel. The stronger your enamel is, the less chance you have of cracking it. So, expose your teeth to fluoride regularly by using fluoride toothpaste or fluoride mouthwash, drinking fluoridated water, and receiving a professional fluoride treatment at our office.

-Wear a mouthguard: If you play high-contact sports or participate in activities that can result in an oral injury, then it’s important to wear a mouthguard while you do these things. The mouthguard can protect the teeth and help you prevent tooth cracks as well as other dental injuries. This is possible because it absorbs the force as hard objects hit the mouth.

Call West End Orthodontics today at 804-364-8366 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more. Our orthodontic team will be more than happy to help you, so please don’t be afraid to contact us. We look forward to your phone call!