stock14Congratulations on your new braces and your flawless future smile! When you take good care of your orthodontics, you’ll experience fewer problems and achieve faster results. Brushing, flossing, and eating the right foods will protect your braces from damage and safeguard your wallet from additional expenses.

Brushing with Braces

Invisalign aligners are removable so that you can continue to brush and floss your teeth normally. The aligners should be brushed with a toothbrush and placed in denture cleaner regularly.

Metal or ceramic braces require consistent care to ensure optimal results. It may take some practice for patients to become accustomed to brushing and flossing with braces, but it quickly becomes easier. Here are some tips to improve your daily braces maintenance routine:

  • Brush 2-3 minutes, 3 times a day
  • Gently brush your gums and teeth
  • Use special braces flossers to facilitate easy flossing
  • Floss once a day
  • Use mouthwash before bed
  • See your dentist every 4-6 weeks for regular check-ins

Eating with Braces

For the first few days after you get your braces, it is better to stick to a soft and liquid diet. Within a week, chewing will become natural again, and you can begin to expand your nutritional regimen. Some of the foods you should always avoid while wearing braces include:

  • Pretzels
  • Uncut apples or carrots
  • Hard frozen foods
  • Nuts
  • Beef jerky
  • Corn on the cob
  • Bubble gum

Foods that are hard or chewy are difficult to bite without damaging your braces. Cut foods up for easier chewing and fewer particles stuck in your braces.

Form Good Habits

Try to stop biting your nails, chewing on pen caps, and chewing ice before you get braces. Once you have braces, avoid picking at your wires and brackets. Your orthodontic experience will be much more convenient if you take care of your braces and teeth.

If you have any questions about caring for our braces, we are here to answer them! Call us today at Sundance Orthodontics with questions or to schedule your next appointment.

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