How you care for your braces at home is just as important as the work we do in the office at 360 Orthodontics. Being diligent about your care will ensure your treatment advances quickly, and ends with an optimal result.

Brushing & flossing

It’s important to brush your teeth regularly while your braces are on to prevent build-up and cavities from forming. Brush once in the morning, once in the evening and after every meal for optimal oral health – and don’t forget your tongue and the roof of your mouth, too!

Flossing with braces is a bit different than flossing without them, but it’s very easy to get used to. Using a floss-threader and unwaxed floss, carefully floss around each tooth, your braces and your gum area. Make sure you floss each evening, right after brushing your teeth.

Avoid harmful foods

Certain foods can be detrimental to your orthodontic treatment, and should be avoided. These include foods that are exceptionally hard, sticky, chewy or high in sugar. For example, you want to avoid eating:

  • Popcorn and nuts
  • Ice
  • Lemons
  • Corn on the cob
  • Chips
  • Chewy candies like taffy, caramel, Starbursts and Jolly Ranchers
  • Bubble gum

If you have any question about whether or not a food is safe for your braces, ask Dr. Partovi first!

How to handle common braces problems

Problems with your braces may come up from time to time throughout treatment. Here’s how to handle the most common issues:

If you lose a band or bracket…

Call Dr. Partovi and schedule an appointment right away. If the band or bracket detaches from the wire, save it and give it to Dr. Partovi at your next appointment.

If your wire or headgear breaks, or you lose a ligature or hook…

Call Dr. Partovi and schedule an appointment as soon as possible, as these problems could cause your teeth to move in an unintended direction.

If a wire sticks out and causes irritation…

Try to tuck the wire back into place using the eraser end of a pencil. If that doesn’t work, place wax over it to prevent further issues.

If you experience soreness…

Soreness may happen from time to time as you wear your braces. To relieve it, simply rinse your mouth with warm saltwater and take Advil or Tylenol as directed.