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Brackets and other pieces of orthodontic hardware that make up your braces are often cemented onto the faces of your teeth with a strong dental adhesive. This is meant to bind them securely enough to handle the daily rigors of chewing food while also holding strong during your routine adjustments.

The total number of adjustments required to fully correct your teeth will vary depending on the amount of realignment needed. As time goes on, dental stains can gradually start to develop on the faces of the teeth in your smile.

When your braces are removed, there may be a stark contrast between the previously protected tooth enamel and the teeth that were exposed to dental stains. Taking some minor measures to make a few simple changes in your daily habits will go a long way toward preventing dental stains during the realignment process.

It will be helpful to cut back on certain foods like dark berries and chocolate. If you like drinking dark beverages like coffee, tea, and dark soft drinks, you might want to try using a straw. This will reduce the amount of contact between the dark liquids and your teeth.

Tobacco use can also be a significant cause of dental stains. Even if you use tobacco on an occasional basis you should still strongly consider talking to your physician about a cessation program.

If you had braces installed at Dr. Daniel Adams’s orthodontic clinic in Carlsbad, California, and you are concerned about dental stains, you can call 760.804.0080 to speak to a staff member at Full Smile Orthodontics.