Live with Braces
Keeping a Healthy Smile
Braces create small ledges, nooks and crannies for food deposits, which can lead to cavities and gum problems. This makes brushing and flossing even more important while you are wearing braces. When you brush and floss, handle your appliances carefully so you won’t break or loosen them. Following these brushing and flossing instructions will keep your appliances and your smile healthy!
Be sure to brush your teeth right after every meal and before you go to bed using a soft bristled toothbrush. It is best to use a fluoride toothpaste to help fight cavities. If you can’t brush right away, rinse well with water.
You should floss your teeth every evening before going to bed.
Eating with Braces
Don’t worry, you’ll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.
Foods to avoid with braces:
- Chewy foods – bagels, licorice
- Crunchy foods – popcorn, chips, ice
- Sticky foods – caramel candies, chewing gum
- Hard foods – nuts, hard candies