Looking after your braces

Getting braces is exciting and overwhelming. Exciting because you’re on your way to a gorgeous smile, and overwhelming because you are adjusting to your new treatment. Learn about the day-to-day care of traditional braces.

7 tips to take care of your braces

Caring for your braces doesn’t have to be complicated. Armed with the following tips and tricks, you’ll quickly become a master of braces care. As always, we are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

It’s important to keep your teeth and braces clean to prevent cavities and decay. Because food can get trapped easily between your brackets and wires, you’ll want to brush and floss at least three times a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, dentist-recommended toothpaste, and a floss threader. Check out our brushing and flossing page for more tips on dental hygiene with braces.

Even though you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is still important to visit your regular dentist. They will perform dental cleanings, check for cavities, and ensure overall oral wellness. Your dentist and orthodontist can work together to keep your mouth happy, healthy, and clean.

Biting into large pieces of food can be difficult with braces. Some food may even compromise the strength of your brackets. It is a good idea to cut your food into smaller bite-sized pieces. This way you can avoid food getting stuck or brackets being loosened or broken. Learn more on our “What Foods to Eat” page.

If you play sports, you should wear a mouthguard to protect your braces. If you take a blow to the mouth or jaw, this will help to protect your braces as well as your teeth. Getting hit in the face without a mouthguard can really hurt, cause bleeding and create broken or loose brackets. Play it safe and wear a high-quality mouthguard.

Fluoride can help prevent cavities and strengthen your teeth. Some areas have fluoridated water. If you don’t live in one of those areas, use a daily mouthwash. Your dentist can recommend a good brand or provide you with fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash.

Certain drinks such as coffee, wine, red juice or colored sodas can stain your ceramic braces. If you do choose to drink a colored beverage, use a straw, and rinse out your mouth afterward.

Remember, we are on your team. Our friendly and highly-trained staff is available to answer your questions during regular business hours. Never hesitate to call us; we are eager to help! Our office number is: 415-453-7880

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