Tips For Caring For Your Braces

Braces can be an adjustment for children and adults alike. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind while you have your braces:

Brush Or Rinse: Because braces provide an extra place for food to get stuck, it is extremely important to brush your teeth, or at least rinse your mouth, after every meal. Try to brush around your braces and to reach every surface of your teeth- this may take a bit of practice, but it’s definitely doable. If your braces look clean and shiny after you brush, you know that you are doing well. If you can’t get to your toothbrush, opt for rinsing your mouth with water.

Replace Your Toothbrush Often: Braces tend to wear down a toothbrush faster than regular brushing. Make sure to check your brush every week to make sure that it is still in good working order. If your brush looks fuzzy, or the bristles are out of place, it’s time for a change.

Invest In A Floss Threader: A floss threader can help you get around the braces and give your teeth a good thorough floss. Because a threader is reusable, it’s definitely a good investment.

Avoid The Sticky Foods: Foods that are chewy or sticky are more likely to get stuck in your braces. Certain bread, licorice, caramel, and gum are a bad idea when you have braces.

Skip The Hard And Crunchy: Likewise, you want to avoid foods that require chewing and biting like nuts, apples, and ribs. If you start missing a favorite food, remember that the change is only temporary.

Write It Down: Your orthodontist may give you additional instructions about caring for your braces. While the instructions seem like common sense or easy to remember when you’re standing in the office, you run the risk of forgetting when you get home. To avoid guessing, take a few notes on your phone or a sheet of paper.

While braces are an adjustment, remember that your efforts will be well worth it in the end.