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At Smiley Dental Fort Worth, we offer traditional metal and ceramic braces for our patients in Ft. Worth, Texas looking for a straighter smile. Wearing braces is one of the most effective ways to correct smile imperfections and align your bite. But were you aware that a straighter smile is also good for your gum health? When the teeth are aligned correctly, gum tissue is able to fit more completely around them, which protects the roots of the tooth properly and discourages periodontal disease.

Another benefit of wearing braces is that once they are on, they are on for the duration of the treatment. This makes for peace of mind because you don’t have to remember to put them in, as you would, for example when wearing removable aligners to straighten your pearly whites. Wearing removable aligners requires discipline and commitment, because it can be tempting to remove them. Braces and aligners are both effective at correcting smiles, but only if the appliances are in place!

Wearing metal or ceramic braces requires taking good care of your teeth and gums. Diligent daily attention to brushing, flossing and rinsing is vital, especially after eating. If you don’t clean your teeth well every day, you can invite tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, mouth sores and gums that bleed.

For our patients wearing braces, we encourage using an electric toothbrush to make brushing easier, and using a water flosser to reach around the brackets and wires for those who struggle to floss. These tools can be your best friends while aligning your smile.

To find out more about how to care for your smile, please give us a call at 817.927.1877 in Ft. Worth, Texas today. Dr. Lynh Pham and our team are here to help you achieve a healthy, confident, smile while having the best possible orthodontic experience.