Gibson Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

A significant part of offering exceptional dentistry is providing our patients with the advice, guidance, and support they need to be proactive with their oral health. Drs. McKenna and Matt Gibson want you to know you can come to us with any questions or concerns you have. We encourage you to rely on us as a valuable resource for the information you need!

There are some questions that our patients frequently ask, and we’ve shared some of them below. If there’s something on your mind that you don’t see here, however, please don’t hesitate to call us at (256) 724-3530. Our exceptional dental team is very knowledgeable and will be happy to assist you.

Other

At Gibson Dental, we know how important your dental care is, and we never want you to delay dental care due to financial concerns. We also know that you have unique needs, and we strive to provide for your unique needs in every aspect of our practice, including your payment options. 

Our patients come from all walks of life, so we provide payment options to fit a variety of situations and households.

Dental Insurance

We accept a wide range of dental insurances at Gibson Dental. We are in-network with the below dental insurance companies:

  • Assurant
  • TriCare
  • BlueCross/BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental
  • Guardian
  • MetLife
  • Aetna
  • FEP Blue
  • Ameritas
  • Principal
  • Southland
  • United Concordia

We provide this list for your convenience, but the dental insurances we accept may change at any time, so please contact our dental office for the most current information. 

We Make Insurance Easy

Our Gibson Dental team includes several insurance administration staff members. These insurance specialists’ sole job is to help you get the most out of your insurance benefits. You are always welcome to contact them with questions about your insurance or concerns about financing your dental care.

What If I Don’t Have Insurance?

Payments without dental insurance still have a variety of payment options, including CareCredit financing, cash, personal checks, and credit card payments. 

Dental Care in Madison, AL

For affordable dental treatments in Madison, AL, contact Gibson Dental today. Drs. McKenna and Matt Gibson enjoy providing affordable dental care to patients so they can achieve excellent oral health.

Our family-friendly dental office is located in the lush countryside of Madison, AL.  West of Palmer Park and Bradford Creek, our dental office sits alongside expansive pastures, verdant woods, and quaint neighborhoods.  Gibson Dental is located in Magnolia Plaza off of County Line Road directly next to the Chevron station.  Our sign is white with blue letters that read “Madison Dental Care,” and we are located in Suite A.  Magnolia Plaza has a spacious parking lot with several regular and handicap parking spaces for our patients’ convenience. 

Our physical address is as follows: 

Gibson Dental 
10871 County Line Road
Suite A
Madison, AL 35758

Founded by John Cartwright in 1818, Madison is now considered to be one of the fastest-growing cities in the American Southeast.  Madison is a thriving city with that special small-town charm families love and admire.  For generations, people from across the United States have “planted their roots” here, and we are proud to call Madison our home too.  

Drs. McKenna and Matt Gibson opened Gibson Dental in Madison, AL so they could follow their passion of providing their community with quality dental care.  Our skilled and compassionate team at Gibson Dental strives to provide the best dental care possible for patients of all ages. Whether you live in Madison County or reside a little further away, we are always here to help you achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile.

To schedule a dental appointment, please call us at (256) 724-3530. 

Cosmetic Dentistry

Whitening your teeth is a fantastic way to boost your self-confidence. A brighter smile can brighten your overall appearance, making you stand out. However, teeth whitening solutions don’t last forever, and you will need to avoid certain foods and habits if you want to keep your smile bright for as long as possible.

To best maintain those bright, white teeth, you should:

  • Avoid eating certain foods, like berries, tomato sauce, and sugary foods. 
  • Limit your intake of beverages that cause staining, like red wine, tea, and coffee.
  • Brush your teeth after eating and drinking, especially if you consume foods or drinks that are more likely to stain your teeth.
  • When drinking corrosive or staining beverages, try using a straw to limit contact between your teeth and the beverage.
  • Do not smoke. Smoking can turn your teeth brown or yellow.
  • Visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. 
  • Talk to your dentist about touch-up options to keep your teeth at their brightest. 

At Gibson Dental, we understand the importance of a beautiful, bright smile. If you have questions about keeping your teeth bright, always feel free to ask our dental team. 

Cosmetic Dentistry in Madison, AL

Drs. McKenna and Matt Gibson love helping patients brighten their teeth with teeth whitening solutions in Madison, AL. If you’re in need of a whiter smile, reach out to our office today to schedule an appointment. 

A chipped or cracked tooth can detract from your smile, but it can also open your tooth to infection and decay. For these reasons, we recommend talking to our Madison, AL dentist if you’ve chipped, injured, or fractured your tooth.

The most common treatment for a chipped tooth is a quality dental crown in Madison, AL. This is a cap that slips over your tooth to the gumline. It is always colored and shaped to look like your natural teeth. A crown protects a vulnerable tooth and prevents further breakage.

In some cases, when the chip is not significant, your dentist may suggest dental bonding, which is a tooth-colored filling material used in another capacity. With this option, your dentist spreads the resin, conceals the chip or flaw, and sets the work with a specialty light. Bonding is an inexpensive cosmetic option that helps restore confidence.

Are You Looking for Tooth Repair in Madison, AL?

Your dentist near me will assess your chip or fracture and talk to you about all available options. We are also always available to answer your questions.

Our goal is to restore your tooth to health and give you an aesthetically pleasing smile that you can be proud of.

At Gibson Dental, we recommend professional teeth whitening treatments, which are supervised by a dentist, instead of over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions. When our patients whiten their teeth, we prefer to supervise the treatment so we can ensure that the teeth whitening solution is made from quality ingredients and is safely applied. 

While most teeth whitening products are perfectly safe for most patients, some people do experience mild side effects when it comes to teeth whitening, like tooth sensitivity, and we like to be there to help our patients work through that issue if it arises. 

Other Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening treatments produce better results than over-the-counter teeth whitening products. This is because the whitening solutions used by dentists are stronger and are applied expertly. In-office and take-home treatment kits provided by a dentist also work more quickly to create your new, bright smile.

With professional teeth whitening, you will enjoy better results, faster! 

Teeth Whitening in Madison, AL

For teeth whitening in the Madison, AL, area, contact our office today. We will schedule a consultation with Dr. McKenna Gibson or Dr. Matt Gibson. In our office, we will examine your teeth to make sure they are healthy, strong, and ready to receive a teeth whitening treatment.

Since teeth whitening treatments create the best results on clean, plaque-free teeth, we may recommend a dental cleaning before your teeth whitening treatment. 

Dental Crowns and Bridges

A chipped or cracked tooth can detract from your smile, but it can also open your tooth to infection and decay. For these reasons, we recommend talking to our Madison, AL dentist if you’ve chipped, injured, or fractured your tooth.

The most common treatment for a chipped tooth is a quality dental crown in Madison, AL. This is a cap that slips over your tooth to the gumline. It is always colored and shaped to look like your natural teeth. A crown protects a vulnerable tooth and prevents further breakage.

In some cases, when the chip is not significant, your dentist may suggest dental bonding, which is a tooth-colored filling material used in another capacity. With this option, your dentist spreads the resin, conceals the chip or flaw, and sets the work with a specialty light. Bonding is an inexpensive cosmetic option that helps restore confidence.

Are You Looking for Tooth Repair in Madison, AL?

Your dentist near me will assess your chip or fracture and talk to you about all available options. We are also always available to answer your questions.

Our goal is to restore your tooth to health and give you an aesthetically pleasing smile that you can be proud of.

Dental Implants

If you suffer from tooth loss, dental implants may be a viable treatment option for you.  Dental implants are a more durable and permanent alternative to dentures, bridges, and partials.  Dental implants are made from titanium and replace damaged tooth roots.  These implants provide a sturdy support system for prosthetic teeth, and the prosthetic teeth fit into the implant to create a natural-looking smile.  

To be considered for the dental implant procedure, a patient must be in good overall health.  Ideal candidates have healthy gum tissue and sufficient jawbone density to ensure the implant remains stable and supported.  However, just because you may suffer from bone loss doesn’t necessarily mean your dentist will not consider you for the surgery.  

Advances in bone reconstruction procedures can provide patients who suffer from bone loss with the opportunity to have dental implants.  Bone grafting is one procedure that can prepare patients for the benefits of dental implants.  Not only do dental implants restore your smile, but they also stimulate bone growth and help prevent bone loss.  

Some lifestyle factors may interfere with dental implant surgery.  Smoking, drinking alcohol, or chronic conditions such as diabetes can inhibit the post-surgical healing process.  At Gibson Dental in Madison, AL, we will assess your individual needs and help you determine which restorative procedure is right for you.  

To learn more about dental implants or schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, please call us at (256) 724-3530.

Are you missing one or multiple teeth? Dental implants in Madison, AL can restore your entire tooth right down to the root. Drs. McKenna and Matt Gibson place implants directly into the jawbone in a painless procedure, creating implants that look, feel, and act like natural teeth. 

This helps preserve the natural look of your smile and the integrity of your mouth by preventing teeth from shifting out of their position. 

Dental implants are made of three parts: the implant, abutment, and dental crown. During the procedure, your implant dentist will place it in the jawbone, and we allow it to heal and fuse. 

During the implant surgery, we replace the root of the missing tooth with tiny, biocompatible posts that we can attach the artificial tooth to. The artificial tooth, or dental crown, looks and feels just like a natural tooth, and allows patients to eat their favorite foods again. 

The process is fairly simple; it takes several months to heal fully, so it can seem lengthy, but it's worth it! It's important to let the jawbone heal tightly around the dental implant to assimilate it as if it were a natural tooth. 

Once the titanium dental implants have healed and integrated with the jawbone, we can place the abutment, which allows us to screw in the dental crown. The dental crown is the visible portion of the dental implant and can be replaced if necessary.

Learn More About Dental Implants in Madison

Your Madison, AL dentists are always happy to explain procedures to patients and determine if a dental implant is right for you. To learn more, please feel free to contact our office. 

A dental implant procedure typically takes several months to complete, but patients should always consider the payoff. Dental implants are not like other tooth replacement options. They are almost like a smile do-over—replacing both your root and your lost tooth permanently.

After your dentist in Madison, AL approves you for implants, we schedule your implant surgery. On this day, we numb the treatment area and surgically implant your new tooth root. Over a period of months, this root integrates to bone and becomes a permanent part of your oral anatomy. When integration is final, your dentist caps your implant with a tooth crown.

If you have many missing teeth, ask your dentist about implant-supported dentures and other prosthetic options. Usually, we can secure a prosthetic with only a few dental implant roots.

Your new implant requires the same maintenance as your natural teeth—brush, floss, visit the dentist on schedule for checkups, and have your teeth professionally cleaned.

For Dental Implants in Madison, AL, Contact Our Team Today

It all starts with a consultation in our dental office. If you’re ready to talk to the dentist about restoring your smile, reach out to a member of our helpful staff to get started.

Emergency Dentistry

Not all abnormal dental situations are dental emergencies; some might be common issues that can wait to be seen in the morning, while others are critical emergencies that need immediate attention at our Madison dental practice. It's essential to know the differenceit could save your tooth!

Identifying a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies aren't uncommon, but we certainly want to prevent them when possible. 

Not everything is an emergency, but there are some questions you can ask yourself if you're uncertain whether you need to head to the ER or give Gibson Dental a call. 

  • Am I in severe pain? Dental pain is never normal, and it could be a sign of an emergency. 
  • Do I have a tooth that has been knocked out? This is definitely a dental emergency with a time limit. It's essential to come to your emergency dentist in Madison right away so we can save your tooth.
  • Are my gums swollen or bloody? Inflammation is a sign of decay or infection, and by the time you notice it, it might be an emergency. 
  • Do I have loose teeth? Like missing teeth, this is not a natural occurrence and should be looked at right away.
  • Am I bleeding? You may need to go to the ER if you have had trauma to your head. 

A good rule of thumb is that any time you feel pain, have bleeding or swelling, or have lost a tooth or filling, it can be considered an emergency. 

Emergency Dentist Appointments in Madison, AL

Never try to be a tough guy when it comes to your oral health, we encourage giving us a call at the slightest sign of something off! Your family at Gibson Dental looks forward to helping you.

Family Dentistry

At Gibson Dental, we are as sincere and genuine as we can be about exceptional clinical dentistry and outstanding customer service. We view each of our valued patients as part of our extended family and provide the level of care that we would expect for our own families.

Starting with your first call to our dental office, you’ll appreciate the quality of customer service that we offer that includes quality personal interactions, open communication, attention to detail, promptness, and dependability.

Led by the husband-and-wife team of Drs. McKenna and Matt Gibson, our extremely close-knit family of friendly, compassionate professionals take an enormous amount of pride in living out our mission of service and excellence every day for our patients.

Because high-quality dentistry is our priority, our team members invest hundreds of combined hours in continuing education to hone our clinical skills and keep our knowledge up to date. In turn, we provide you with information that educates you about your oral health and gives you confidence and trust in our clinical treatment.

We are a warm, friendly patient-centered dental practice that focuses on family, fun, and creating beautiful, healthy smiles. To schedule a dental appointment at our Madison, AL dental office, please call Gibson Dental at (256) 724-3530, and we will be happy to assist you.

You'll find that Gibson Dental is a different kind of dental office. Here, you aren't just a patient because we truly view everyone who walks through our doors as part of our extended family. We have an amazing team that cares about your comfort and well-being. They see every interaction as an opportunity to get to know you and understand how we can best serve you.

At Gibson Dental, we enjoy welcoming new patients and treating entire families at our Madison, AL dental office. Our passion for service and clinical excellence has earned us a reputation for being honest, trustworthy, and ethical. You can count on us to choose the most appropriate treatment for all your unique needs, and we will never try to "sell" you on anything we don't think would benefit you.

There are a lot of military families that move into our area, and we particularly love getting a chance to care for and serve the people who serve and protect us. We understand that it can be a challenge for military families on the move to find new healthcare providers when they relocate. Many of them express to us how much they appreciate the quality of care and service we provide at Gibson Dental and how we helped make the transition to a new dental home easy and fun.

If you've recently moved to the Madison area, and want to establish a new dental home, please call us so we can schedule an appointment to show you what we have to offer. We open at 7 AM Tuesday through Friday, and we can usually arrange convenient family appointments so everyone in the family can get their cleanings done at the same time.

At Gibson Dental, we are happy to be a participating provider for the following insurances:

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Assurant
  • BlueCross/BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental
  • FEP Blue
  • Guardian
  • MetLife
  • Principal
  • Southland
  • TriCare
  • United Concordia

The insurance coverage offered for the most common dental procedures (cleanings, exams, x-rays, periodontal treatment, fillings, crowns, bridges, extractions, root canals) is pretty predictable, especially if it is a company where we are a participating provider.

Coverage for more specialized procedures, however, such as implants or orthodontics, are less predictable and can be very inconsistent from one insurance company to the next.

For your convenience, we have multiple staff members at Gibson Dental, whose primary role is to do insurance administration. They will thoroughly investigate your policy and do their best to get as accurate an estimate as possible so you can plan your treatment accordingly.

Our goal at Gibson Dental is to make every aspect of your dental care as uncomplicated as possible. If you have questions about your specific insurance, our helpful team is always happy to assist you, so don’t hesitate to call our Madison, AL dental office so we can help you.

We also invite you to visit the insurance section on our financial page, where you may find answers to many of your questions.

At Gibson Dental, we know that the most positive, long-lasting relationships start with first impressions. From your first interaction with our dedicated team, you'll see that we value you as a patient. and genuinely look forward to welcoming you to our extended dental family

Your first appointment starts with a warm and friendly greeting from our receptionist Traci, who will ask you about your day and check you in. Our goal is to see patients on time, every time, but occasionally you may have a brief wait. Enjoy a cup of coffee and catch up with the latest news on our TV or check your emails with our free wi-fi.

Most of our patients want a dental cleaning during their first visit, and that is our standard procedure. Your dental hygienist will take your medical and dental history, take x-rays, and check your gums for signs of periodontal disease.

Dr. McKenna will introduce herself and review the information gathered by your hygienist, discuss any areas of concern, and explain your treatment options.

With a treatment plan in hand, one of our knowledgeable insurance specialists will review your coverage and provide a breakdown of the estimated costs. We think you will be impressed by how much time we spend with each patient and how every member of our team is friendly, thorough, and attentive to detail.

We love welcoming patients into our warm and inviting dental office located in Madison, AL Please call us at (256) 724-3530 to schedule your first visit to Gibson Dental.

At Gibson Dental, we love having the opportunity to serve members of the armed forces and to care for those who serve and protect us.

Many military families tell us that Madison is the last move they anticipate having to make and that it is going to be a long-term home for them. We value the trust that our patients place in us by choosing us as their dental home for life, but we know that sometimes our military families are only with us for a few years.

Many military families share with us how difficult it can be to find new healthcare providers when they move to a new area. They appreciate the quality of care and service we provide that makes the transition to a new dental home easy and fun.

Whether you are coming in as a new patient to Gibson Dental or going on to your next adventure, we do everything we can to make those transitions easy. We are very familiar with some of the unique challenges that come with making frequent moves and having to find a new dentist every few years.

Our exceptional team is very knowledgeable and thorough about communicating with previous or future dental offices in other cities when we need to transfer records or information. The insurance specialists at Gibson Dental are also very familiar and experienced with the nuances of Tricare dental insurance as someone's primary or secondary for active duty or retiree (there are BIG differences).

If you are a military family and looking for a dental home in Madison, we would love to meet you. Please call us at (256) 724-3530 to schedule an appointment.

We commonly hear questions about dental insurance coverage at Gibson Dental, and we understand that the cost of treatment is often one of the first concerns our patients might have.

What Dental Insurance Covers

Ultimately, insurance coverage is determined by your employer. Most insurance policies have a deductible that patients must meet before they start paying for services. Fortunately, this often doesn't apply to preventive services, which are usually covered at 100 percent. All dental insurance policies have an annual maximum, usually around $1,500, that they will pay out in benefits in a given year.

Insurance coverage for the most common dental procedures at our Madison, AL dental office—teeth cleanings, dental exams, x-rays, periodontal treatment, fillings, crowns, bridges, extractions, root canals—is pretty predictable. This is especially true of companies where we are a participating provider.

Some of the more specialized procedures, such as implants or orthodontics, are less predictable and consistent from one insurance company to the next. Our role as dentists is to recommend treatment that you need to maintain your oral health and to then come up with a plan that estimates your insurance coverage and any remaining out-of-pocket expense.

Because of all the variables at play, however, we want to be upfront and honest and tell you that it is not possible to be 100 percent accurate all of the time. But we do our best to get as accurate an estimate as possible of how much coverage you can expect.

Call Us with Your Questions

We don't want anyone to forgo dental treatment because of financial reasons, and our team will be happy to discuss financing options with you and answer any questions you may have.

Invisalign Clear Braces

Not all smiles are naturally straight and evenly aligned, which is why Drs. McKenna and Matt Gibson have years of experience in transforming smiles and addressing any manner of smile flaws, including overbites.

What Is an Overbite?

Overbites are when the top front teeth overlap the lower front teeth. Overbites are very common; most people have a little bit of an overbite. 

Why Should an Overbite Be Fixed?

When the overbite is significant, you may have a deep bite. This can wear down your teeth and be painful.  

Can Invisalign Aligners Fix My Overbite?

Yes, Invisalign clear aligners can address overbites or deep bites. At Gibson Dental, we have highly experienced dentists who offer Invisalign orthodontic treatment and fixing mild to severe smile flaws.

Invisalign orthodontic treatment can also address:

  • Crowding or spacing
  • Crossbites
  • Underbites
  • Open bites

Invisalign in Madison Can Fix Most Bite Issues

Most bite problems can be addressed through Invisalign. Severe cases and misaligned bites may require additional appliances.

Your Madison, AL orthodontist treats each smile as a unique case, which means your smile treatment plan is customized to your bite. 

If you're ready to take your smile to the next level, give Gibson Dental a call today for more information.

If your teenager has crowded or crooked teeth or a misaligned smile, you might be interested in fixing it early.

Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment since it is less conspicuous than traditional braces, making it less awkward in social settings. 

Invisalign for Your Teenager

Invisalign clear aligners are removable, which makes them easier to keep clean. Teenagers can quickly adapt to a good oral health routine. Your teenager should understand that the aligners must be worn for 23 hours a day; commitment is an absolute necessity! 

Invisalign aligners are clear and transparent, so they are a lot less embarrassing than metal braces. Self-conscious teenagers will appreciate this aspect. 

Invisalign gently shifts teeth into their desired position, and are less painful than metal braces. Sensitive teenagers often prefer the comfort of clear plastic aligners. 

There are many benefits that Invisalign provides, but for many teens, the most critical aspect is that their orthodontic treatment doesn't draw attention to them. Being a teenager is painful enough without adding the embarrassment of a "metal mouth."

However, they must be disciplined and committed to wearing their aligners and completing their treatment. It can be tempting to take the aligners out and leave them out, but this can set them back.

We Can Help Your Teen

Dr. McKenna Gibson and Dr. Matt Gibson treat patients of all ages. We especially are here to help your teen get through this stage of development. Call Gibson Dental today to schedule your Invisalign evaluation.
 

Many of our Madison, AL patients want straighter teeth without the hassle and discomfort of ugly metal brackets and wires that you see with traditional orthodontic treatments. If this is you, you might be interested in Invisalign clear aligners

What Is Invisalign?

Invisible aligners don't use metal parts, and each tray is custom-fitted for your teeth. They are also virtually invisible, and most observers will never know you are straightening your teeth.

They work through a series of trays that gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. We manufacture each tray so that teeth are moved up to 0.25 mm per tray, meaning that the process is gradual. Patients receive a new tray every two weeks, and they can visibly see the change over the weeks. 

Once your trays have been fabricated, using them is as simple as putting them over your teeth. Unlike traditional metal brackets, Invisalign plastic aligners are not uncomfortable and will not cut your gums or lips. Professional patients love that they are barely noticeable and discreet straightening alternative.

Learn More About Invisalign in Madison, AL

There are many benefits that Invisalign offers, including the fact that they are completely removable before meals or brushing and flossing.

If you have been considering getting a straighter smile for a while, we invite you to give us a call, and we can go over how Invisalign can benefit you.

Traditional Orthodontics

Because people often get braces while they’re still young, there’s a common misconception that braces are only for children and teenagers. In reality, however, nothing could be further from the truth! Adults of any age who have their permanent teeth and a healthy jaw are eligible for braces. 

As your adult orthodontist in Madison, AL, our team here at Gibson Dental is proud to offer traditional braces to patients of all ages. While we treat children and teens, we’ve also helped countless adults discover straighter, more beautiful smiles later in life.

If you’ve lived your life up to this point with crooked teeth, it’s still not too late to fix your smile. Braces offer both cosmetic and functional benefits, and you’ll be delighted to discover the difference that having healthy teeth can make in your life. 

Our adult braces can help balance out a misaligned dental bite, prevent serious TMJ and bruxism problems, and make it easier to keep your smile healthy in between dental checkups. With traditional and clear metal brackets, we can usually correct decades of malocclusion in only a few years. 

Interested in meeting with an orthodontist in Madison? We'd love to help. Give us a call today at (256) 724-3530!

Braces are a modern medical miracle, providing millions of people with the chance to achieve straight smiles even if they were born with crooked teeth. 

One of the most common questions we're asked about braces is just how long they take to work. Many of our patients would like to correct their smile alignments, but they often feel worried about how long they’ll have to live with brackets and wires.  

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to braces. Every person wears braces for the length of time that is unique to their needs. In general, orthodontic treatment ranges from at least one year to two or three years.

The more complex the orthodontic needs are, the longer that patient will wear their braces. Our dentist in Madison will always determine the precise length of time needed once treatment begins. 

The average patient with mild to moderate tooth crowding can expect to wear braces for an average of eighteen months to two years. Why aren’t most patients finished faster? Because braces move teeth, which are made of strong and sturdy bone, slowly into place using a safe amount of force. It’s important never to rush orthodontic treatment—and for almost every patient, it will take some time!

If you are nervous about wearing braces in Madison, AL for a year or more, we encourage you to think about the big picture: braces are a short-term discomfort you tolerate for beautiful, healthy, and lasting long-term results. The choice to wear braces is a permanent investment in your health and appearance, and the sacrifice is always worth it!

If you are currently wearing or considering getting braces, congratulations! Braces will help transform your smile and greatly improve your oral health. 

Braces effectively move your teeth into the correct position using a system of metal wires and brackets. Your orthodontist in Madison will periodically tighten the wires on your braces, and, as your teeth adapt and straighten out, they will repeat the process until your smile becomes aligned. 

To keep your braces in tip-top shape, you will need to practice excellent oral hygiene throughout your treatment. Part of this dental care involves avoiding foods that could damage or even yank out your individual brackets and wires. 

Generally, you’ll need to avoid foods that are overly sticky, hard, or crunchy. Common foods to avoid while wearing braces include:

  • Sticky candies, like taffy and caramel
  • Chewing gum
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Crunchy snacks like pretzels, chips, and crackers with sharp edges
  • Corn on the cob
  • Chewing on ice
  • Bagels
  • Hard, crunchy bread and bread with thick crusts 
  • Marshmallows 
  • Taco shells
  • Nut butter
  • Fudge

When choosing foods to enjoy with your braces, it’s best to be cautious and avoid anything that looks or feels like it could be dangerous to the metal components. If the food seems too sticky, stringy, hard, crunchy, or thick, choose a safer substitute instead.

If you have questions about wearing braces, contact our orthodontist in Madison to schedule an appointment

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