Caring for Your Braces

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 appliances.

  • 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.
  • Floss daily using floss threaders.
  • Use fluoride rinse before bedtime.
  • See your dentist every 4-6 months for examination and cleaning.

Flossing with Braces

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
  • 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/Tootsie Rolls/Taffy
  • Gummy candies/Jelly Beans/Licorice
  • Jolly Ranchers/Starbursts/Skittles
  • Ice
  • Nuts/Popcorn/Sunflower seeds
  • Corn chips/Crisp Tacos

Some hard foods, 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.

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.

– 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.