Make sure you brush 3-4 times a day and floss once per day!
Technique is everything. Little circles are much better than a sawing motion.
Make sure to brush above and below the braces (along the gum line is where most white spots can form and permanently scar your beautiful, straight teeth!).
Flossing is best at night when you have extra time and it removes all food from the day.
You can use the pre-threaded flossers designed for braces to make it easier.
Waterpiks are great for those who are less than perfect flossers (not a substitute).
Food and Diet
Braces are strong, but not indestructible! Eating the wrong foods can break bands, brackets, wires, and appliances, making your treatment take a lot longer than expected. Plus, it’s a lot easier for sticky or chewy foods to get stuck in between your teeth when you're wearing braces, which means you’re at a higher risk for tooth decay. So, in order to let your braces do their job and avoid any setbacks, it’s important to consider how the foods you eat will affect your smile.
Don't, worry 一 you won't have to overhaul your entire diet during your orthodontic treatment, but there are some foods you should steer clear of until it’s all done. Read on to find out which foods are best for you and which ones you should avoid to set your smile up for success!
Soft fruits and veggies
Tender, boneless meats
Dairy products like yogurt and cottage cheese
Nuts, chips, and popcorn
Hard candy, cookies, and other snacks
Chewy, sticky candy
Pizza crust and other hard/chewy bread
Tough meat like beef jerky
Proceed with Caution:
Raw veggies (it’s best to cut and/or cook them first)
Fruits with skin or pits (peel or cut)
Corn (eat it off the cob)
Looking for some fun recipe ideas that are easy on your braces and taste great? Check out the link below!
Don’t forget to get your teeth checked and cleaned by your regular dentist every 6 months while you have braces! We recommend scheduling an appointment with us before and after your dental appointment to remove and replace your archwires.