Caring for Your Braces

Brushing with Braces | Eating with Braces | What if I Play Sports?

Brushing with Braces

 

Brushing and flossing your teeth can be challenging when wearing braces, but it is extremely important that you take care of your appliance.

  • Use a soft toothbrush or electric toothbrush and replace when the bristles fray.
  • Brush three times a day for 2-3 minutes each time.
  • Remember to gently brush your gums at a 45 degree angle.
  • Use fluoride rinse before bedtime.
  • See your dentist every 4-6 months for examination and cleaning.

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Eating with Braces

When you first get your braces, your teeth may be a little sore. You may want to eat softer foods the first few days after your initial visit. Here some examples of those foods:

  • Baked potatoes
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches on soft bread
  • Spaghetti or macaroni
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Scrambled eggs or cheese omelet
  • Canned soup
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Tuna salad or chicken salad on soft bread
  • Applesauce
  • Pancakes

Foods to Avoid

There are certain types of foods that should be avoided. These are hard, sticky foods and those foods high in sugar.

Hard and sticky foods may do damage by bending/breaking wires, loosening cement under bands or breaking the brackets. These are examples of hard or sticky foods:

  • Gum
  • Caramel
  • Taffy
  • Gummy Bears/Gummy Worms
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Beef jerky
  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Hard taco chips
  • Starbursts
  • Tootsie rolls
  • Hard pizza crust or bread

Some hard food like apples, carrots and celery should be cut into small pieces. If you would like to eat bagels or soft pizza crust, tear into small pieces and chew with your back teeth. Also, when eating ribs or chicken take the meat off of the bone. Cut corn off of the cob to eat it.

Remember – Damage to your appliance slows down your treatment when you come in for your scheduled appointment and we have to do “repair” work instead of moving forward with your treatment

Foods HIGH IN SUGAR should be avoided whenever possible and if eaten your teeth should be brushed immediately. If not brushed away, sugar can quickly start forming plaque on the teeth. Excessive soda pop drinking can cause damage to the enamel and result in decalcification or “white marks” on the teeth.

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What If I Play Sports?

If you play contact sports, it is important to protect your orthodontic appliance. We will provide you with a special mouth guard that fits over your braces. In case of an accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or appliances are damaged, please phone the office at once for an appointment.

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