How to Care for Your Teeth With Braces

The better braces are cared for, the more effective they will be!

Because braces involve brackets, wires, and rubber bands to help straighten teeth, they need extra special care.

Brushing with Braces

Most orthodontists recommend that you brush your teeth after every meal or snack to ensure no food has become lodged within the braces. Use fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush with a soft head. Brushing should be gentle to avoid causing any damage to the wires and brackets.

  • Brush from the top down then from the bottom up.
  • Use multiple strokes in each direction.
  • Continue the procedure until all the teeth are cleaned.

Flossing with Braces

Flossing after meals helps to dislodge any particles of food that have become stuck in the wiring or brackets of the braces.

  • Floss should be used gently, threading it between the tooth and the wire of the braces.
  • Slowly work it back and forth in-between the teeth and braces using a gentle sawing motion.
  • Do not pull with too much force.

Foods to Avoid with Braces

Wearing braces doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying your favorite meals. However, there are some foods that can cause damage to braces and should be avoided. These include:

  • Hard or tough-to-bite foods (i.e. apples, bagels)
  • Sticky or chewy foods (i.e. taffy, caramel candy)
  • Crunchy foods (i.e. pretzels, popcorn, nuts, or carrots)
  • Corn on the cob
  • Gum
  • Ice

Sticky or chewy foods can get stuck in the braces; and hard or crunchy foods can also get lodged within the braces, or can cause them to break when you take a bite.

If you take care of your braces, the faster you’ll be able to remove them. For more information, or you have questions about brushing with your braces, contact us today!

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