How to Care for Your Teeth in Braces

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The following recommendations will help to eliminate or reduce oral health problems while your teeth are in braces:

  • Brush your teeth. After every meal use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush, or an electric toothbrush as food becomes easily lodged between braces and wires.
  • Replace your toothbrush more often. A new toothbrush may be needed every three months, or sooner if bristles are broken or frayed. A worn toothbrush doesn’t do a good job.
  • Floss daily between the teeth and the braces with the special threaders that we showed you.
  • Have your professional recall cleaning every three months.
  • Limit sweets. Limit your sugar and starch intake, as debris left behind from these types of foods may turn into damaging acids, which, in addition to promoting plaque formation, may also be harmful to enamel and gum tissues.
  • Avoid hard and sticky. Avoid hard and/or sticky snacks that may be difficult to remove from the orthodontic appliance in your mouth. This includes hard foods such as popcorn, hard candy, nuts, and ice chips, and sticky foods like chewing gum, caramel, and other chewy candy.
  • Add fluoride. Ask your dentist about the application of a fluoride varnish around the braces to minimize white spots on the teeth after the braces come off.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact us.

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