Care of Your Braces
Proper brushing and flossing are VERY important to help maintain the health of your teeth, gums and supporting bone. It is even more important to brush and floss regularly with braces because of all the areas where food and plaque can accumulate. Teeth should be brushed after all meals, after sugary snacks and drinks and before going to bed. Flossing should be done every day.
Certain foods will need to be avoided and patients should minimize their intake of sugary drinks or food which can contribute to plaque formation. Common sense will tell you what foods to avoid. Some examples are:
Sticky foods – caramels, taffy, Starbursts, Tootsie Rolls, licorice, caramel popcorn, gum
Crunchy and hard foods – nuts, hard candy, ice, hard taco shells, hard rolls, hoagie type sandwich breads, bagels, corn on the cob, apples and raw carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
Chewing on hard things such as pens, pencils and other objects and eating foods that need to be avoided can damage the braces and wires and cause treatment to take longer.