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How Should I Care For My Braces?

Posted on 8/7/2023 by Evan
How Should I Care For My Braces?Maintaining proper oral hygiene becomes more crucial after you get braces. Brackets and wires create additional spaces for plaque and tartar buildup. This increases the risk of getting gingivitis and cavities. To prevent these issues, here is how you should take care of your braces:


Make sure you brush your teeth after every meal and snack. Give special attention to brushing around the brackets and wires, angling the brush to reach all surfaces. Thorough brushing helps effectively remove food particles and plaque that can accumulate around the braces.


In addition to brushing, it is good to floss to clean between your teeth and around the wires. Flossing helps you to access and clean hard-to-reach areas, effectively removing plaque and debris. This ensures thorough cleanliness and reduces the risk of oral health issues associated with braces.


Rinse your mouth with an antimicrobial mouthwash. This helps kill bacteria, reduce plaque buildup, and freshen your breath. It is important to select a mouthwash that is specifically compatible with braces. Some products may be better suited for orthodontic appliances. Follow the instructions provided with the mouthwash, including the recommended duration and frequency of use, to maximize its effectiveness. Regularly using an appropriate mouthwash can complement brushing and flossing, further promoting a healthy oral environment during orthodontic treatment.

Avoid Certain Foods

While wearing braces, there are certain foods that you should avoid to prevent any potential damage. Our orthodontist will provide you with a comprehensive list of foods to steer clear of during your treatment. As a general guideline, avoiding crunchy, sticky, chewy, or hard foods is best. These foods can damage your braces or cause them to become dislodged. By heeding this advice and being mindful of your diet, you can protect your braces and ensure a smooth orthodontic journey.

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