Caring for Braces

There’s a new set of braces on your teeth and you no doubt want to know how to best take care of them. Fear not, we’ve written down the ABC for braces care below.

Avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy foods. Examples of hard, crunchy foods that can cause your braces to pop off or loosen include chips, nuts, and whole fruits like apples and pears. You will also want to avoid chewy foods like caramel, steaks, and chewing gum. Chewing tobacco or smoking is not good for your general or oral health. Avoid sugary food as much as possible. The sugars get broken down into acids in your mouth and the acids can corrode both the braces and teeth, causing cavities and orthodontics problems.

Brushing and flossing is essential for good oral hygiene and is especially important when you have braces. Begin brushing by rinsing your mouth several times with warm water to remove the loose food particles in your mouth. Next, floss your teeth. Flossing may take some practice at first and you may want to a floss threader to help you at first. You should floss each tooth like you normally would but with braces on, you’ll have to guide the floss string underneath the arch wire in order to floss between the teeth. Once flossing is done, brush your teeth by placing a small amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush and move the toothbrush in a circular motion around all your teeth and gum line.

Compliance to follow up visits. Once you have braces, you’ll have to see Dr. Doan on a regular basis to have your braces adjusted. You will also have to see your general dentist on a routine basis as well, generally every 4-6 months, for cleaning and general dental care. If you miss an appointment, please make sure to call us to reschedule and we really appreciate it if you’ll give us a 24-hour heads up if you won’t be able to make an appointment.

So there you have it, the ABC of braces care. Let’s summarize the key points:

1. Avoid foods that are hard, tough, chewy, or crunchy.

2. Brush and floss on a regular basis

3. Compliance with follow visits