You will likely notice that it requires some extra time and attention to keep your teeth clean with braces. Food can get stuck in brackets and between teeth and requires a little extra care. It is important that you brush and floss thoroughly to minimize the plaque and avoid permanent white marks on the teeth surfaces. You may consider investing in a Waterpik or other water oral hygiene device to supplement your brushing and flossing. This will help remove food particles that your toothbrush may not reach.
Please note that coming to your orthodontic appointments is no substitute for your regular dental exams. Please be sure to schedule your dental cleanings every three to six months to keep your teeth and gums healthy during treatment.
Eating with Braces
Don’t worry…you can still enjoy plenty of delicious foods and treats with braces, however, you do want to be aware of certain foods that can harm or break your braces. Check out the video below:
Foods to Avoid:
- Chewy foods- bagels, hard rolls, licorice
- Crunchy foods- popcorn, ice, certain chips
- Sticky foods- caramels, gum, sticky candy
- Hard foods- nuts and other hard candies
- Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples on the core, carrots
- Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils, fingernails) can damage your braces. Damaged braces will cause your treatment to take longer and none of us want that!
Your commitment and compliance are essential in creating the smile of your dreams in a reasonable timeframe. You are responsible for placing the elastics on your braces between appointments. Please wear them as instructed. Remove them only when brushing your teeth and eating and immediately put them back in.
Always carry a few extra elastics with you, so if one breaks you can replace it immediately. If you need more elastics in between appointments, feel free to stop in the office to get more.
Elastics become worn out. When they lose their elasticity, they don’t provide the proper pressure on your teeth and jaws. It is very important to change them as directed, even when they are not broken.