What You Need to Know Before Choosing Braces

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At Garden State Orthodontics in Union County, NJ we offer orthodontic treatment plans like traditional, ceramic or lingual braces that are personalized for each patient’s needs. If you choose orthodontic treatment with braces, you should know:

They Can Be Uncomfortable

Traditional braces are made of metal that are comprised of many small parts such as wires and brackets. Because of this, problems such as a loose bracket or wire may occur. If your system seems to cause you pain apart from the normal discomfort of jaw or misalignment movement apply soft wax to the area that is bothering you, and come into Garden State Orthodontics as soon as possible.

They Can Trap Food

Braces can trap food in and around the teeth. Regardless of what you’re eating, some food debris will get stuck therefore it is important to brush thoroughly and completely during treatment. Dr. Hummert suggests brushing after every meal, before bed, and upon waking. It is also important to floss well during treatment. We at Garden State Orthodontics recommend the Waterpik® Water Flosser to eliminate food debris between your brackets and wire.

Some Foods Should Be Avoided

Dr. Hummert also suggests that you avoid some foods while living with your braces in Union County, NJ. Some commonly known foods to avoid include gum, popcorn, and bagels. Garden State Orthodontics can provide you with a detailed list of foods to avoid that could damage your braces.

Eventually, caring for your braces will become second nature and adjusting to your new lifestyle will be easy. Also, you may find that your new oral health care habits stick around after treatment.

Garden State Orthodontics and Dr. Hummert help their patients decide which orthodontic treatment options fit best with their budgets, schedules, and treatment goals. If you have more questions, need further information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Garden State Orthodontics today!


Dr. Hummert and the team at Garden State Orthodontics are experts in orthodontic treatments. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Springfield, NJ, Maplewood, NJ, Union, NJ, Summit, NJ, or 07081, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hummert contact Garden State Orthodontics at: (973) 379-4471