LIFE WITH BRACES
You Can Rock This
Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment. We put together this page just for that reason.
Below you will find great tips for taking care of your braces as well as what foods you should avoid and what you can enjoy without worry. Remember, we are always available if you have questions or concerns!
To Follow After You Get Your Braces
- We recommend you use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. Electric and sonic toothbrushes are also acceptable.
- Brush your teeth after meals and snacks.
- If you have eaten while away from home, use your interdental brush to dislodge any food that may get caught around your braces.
- Rinsing with water is another way to dislodge food from your braces, and to keep sugar from sitting on your teeth.
- Floss your teeth at least once a day.
- We recommend that you have a check-up with your dentist every 6 months.
EATING WITH BRACES
What Is Ok And What To Avoid
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
Hard or Crunchy Foods: Popcorn, hard candy, nuts, or chips
Sticky or Chewy Foods: Licorice, gum, caramel, or even bagels
Foods That Are Difficult to Bite Into: Corn on the cob or whole apples or carrots
Sugary Foods & Beverages: Any sodas or foods with lots of sugar
Foods You Can Eat With Braces
Grains: Pasta or soft-cooked rice
Dairy: Soft cheeses, pudding, and milk
Bread: Any soft bread like tortillas, pancakes, or nut-free muffins
Vegetables: Soft or cooked veggies like mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, or beans
Fruits: Bananas, seedless berries, applesauce, fruit without pits, and sliced fruit
Seafood: Any soft fish like tuna, salmon, or crab cakes
Meat: Soft meats like lunch meat, meatballs, or soft-cooked chicken
Desserts: Cake, milkshakes, ice cream, or Jell-O