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Columbia Dentist Answers FAQs About Braces


Do you feel embarrassed about your smile? Do you find yourself covering your teeth when you laugh or avoiding pictures? Often, people feel this way due to smile misalignment. Crooked, crowded, or uneven teeth may cause a person to feel self-conscious about his or her smile. Misalignment also threatens the health of your smile as well. Your Columbia dentist, Dr. David Foster, offers quality orthodontics to correct your smile. In today’s blog, Dr. Foster answers frequently asked questions about our orthodontic procedures, explaining how braces can improve the health and beauty of your smile.

Frequently Asked Questions About Braces

Question: How do braces work?

Answer: With orthodontic treatment, a series of brackets will be applied to the front of your teeth. Wires will then be attached to the brackets. Over the course of your treatment, the wires will be adjusted, gradually improving the appearance of your smile.

Question: Do I really need to seek treatment for dental misalignment?

Answer: Many people assume misalignment is purely an esthetic issue. Unfortunately, crooked or crowded teeth can increase the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and embarrassing dental stains. Uneven teeth provide nooks and crannies that are difficult to reach when brushing and flossing, allowing bacteria to thrive.

Question: Should I avoid certain foods while wearing braces?

Answer: Yes. Sticky foods, such as caramel or gum, may become stuck in your braces. Hard foods, such as candy or ice, can actually damage your orthodontics.

Question: How often should I brush and floss my teeth while wearing braces?

Answer: Your Columbia TN general dentist recommends brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once. Also, brush and floss, or at least rinse with water, after every meal.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Columbia TN General Dentist

Interested in improving the appearance of your smile with our innovative orthodontics? Then talk to your Columbia TN general dentist today. Dr. Foster can address common misalignment issues, such as crooked or crowded teeth, with braces. Dr. Foster offers the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment our 38401 dentist office by calling (931) 388-3384. We welcome patients from Columbia, Spring Hill, Mt. Pleasant, Lewisburg, Lewisburg, Hohenwald, Centerville and surrounding communities.

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