Care And Use Of Braces And Your Teeth

Brushing & Flossing

The bacteria that results from this accumulation can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even loss of teeth. To avoid these problems while you are in orthodontic treatment, take special care of your braces, teeth and gums by brushing and flossing daily.

When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small, circular motions. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth, between braces and the surface of each tooth. Brush up on the lower teeth, down on the upper teeth and the outside, inside and chewing surface of your front and back teeth. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse. You will likely need to replace your toothbrushes more often than normal due to fraying from the surfaces of your braces.

For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, use dental floss to remove food particles and plaque. Flossing takes more time and patience when you are wearing braces, but it is important to floss your teeth every day. Ultrasonic toothbrushes and water-based flossing like WaterPik can be handy tools, as are reusable floss threaders.

Foods to Avoid

Even though the adhesive between your tooth and braces won’t be entirely set for 24 hours, you are able to eat as soon as you leave our office. However, there are some foods you should avoid not just in the first day with braces, but through your entire treatment. For the most part, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

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