Can braces rot your teeth?

The braces do not rot the teeth, but poor oral hygiene while wearing braces has often led to significant tooth decay while an individual was fitted with them. The areas around the braces are especially prone to trapping food and encouraging decay if not cleaned sufficiently. Also because it requires more time and effort to thoroughly clean the teeth when the braces are in place there is an increased tendency to neglect thorough cleaning. When braces are fitted to younger persons (and most people who get braces usually get them as teenagers) there is an additional tendency for the hygiene to be less than sufficient to prevent decay. With proper care, however, no "rotting" should occur when you are wearing braces.