stock14Congratulations on starting your new braces treatment! Before you know it, you’ll be finished with your treatment and have a dazzling new smile. 

When you take good care of your orthodontics, you’ll experience fewer problems. Brushing, flossing, and eating the right foods can 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 the same way you have always taken care of your teeth. The aligners should be brushed with a toothbrush and placed in a denture or aligner cleaner on a regular basis.

Metal or ceramic braces require consistent thorough care to ensure the best possible results. Remember that practice is what helps our patients become accustomed to brushing and flossing with braces. Fortunately, our patients adjust quickly to the new dental hygiene routine.

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 and maintenance.

Eating With Braces

For the first few days after you get your braces, we recommend sticking to a soft and liquid diet. Within a week, chewing will become natural again, and you can start eating some of the foods you love again.

However, you should always avoid the following foods while wearing ceramic or metal braces:

  • Pretzels.
  • Uncut apples or carrots.
  • Hard frozen foods.
  • Nuts.
  • Beef jerky.
  • Corn on the cob.
  • Bubble gum.
  • Popcorn.
  • Sticky foods like caramels or other candies.

Foods that are hard or chewy are difficult to bite without damaging your braces. Cut foods up for easier chewing and for getting fewer food 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—as these can all damage your teeth as well as your 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.

Call Us to Schedule Your Free Braces Consultation!

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