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Welcome to Friday Focus! I’m Dr. “O” and today I’m going to be answering a question that we are often asked (or, more accurately, a question many people have but are too embarrassed to ask): “How should you kiss with Braces?” Basically, the answer is: “The same way you always have! With a couple of minor considerations…”

Be Gentle

With braces, it’s best to focus on being gentle. If your kiss is too fast or hard, you can end up hurting yourself and/or your partner, potentially causing an ulcer. Take your time and start slow (it’s more romantic anyway) until you get comfortable with your braces. I’ve been married for 10 years and have had braces for the last 2 years. I’m happy to report that I haven’t had any problems kissing with braces so you shouldn’t, either.

You’ll also be happy to know that the story you’ve probably heard about two people with braces getting stuck together during a kiss is a myth. In actuality, the wires and brackets used in today’s braces are so small that it’s nearly impossible for them to get locked together.

Brush Your Teeth

Always be sure to keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh before kissing your partner, making sure there’s no food stuck in them. This rule should actually apply to everyone, with or without braces. Keeping your teeth clean and minty fresh breath will always make kissing more enjoyable. Your partner will love you for it.

Take a Breath and Relax

Most importantly, give yourself a break and relax. If you keep worrying about your braces, how are you supposed to enjoy that kiss? Just follow the recommendations listed here and you’ll soon be forgetting all about those braces during your kisses!

Did you find this video and post helpful? If so, please be sure to join us next week for another Friday Focus.

Ousama El-Hillal
Ousama El-Hillal, referred to as Dr. O by patients, staff and friends, is an Orthodontist at E&S Orthodontics. Dr. O founded E&S Orthodontics with Dr. Saavedra in 2005 and is driven to create Wide Beautiful Smiles Without Extractions.

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