When you have braces, it is very important to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your treatment. If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, or dental floss, please ask us, and we will be happy to help you choose the right products for your teeth and your appliance.
We understand that having braces put on for the first time can leave you with a lot of questions about what to do and what not to do, So we have compiled a simple guide to make the transition easier.
We know this rule seems self-explanatory, but it really is the most important. If the braces aren’t on your teeth, they aren’t doing their job of straightening them!
There are some foods that are harder on your braces than others. Please try to avoid:
It is imperative that you not chew gum while you have braces. This means gum of any kind (even the types that say they will not stick to dental work). The same goes for sticky candy such as caramels, and Now and Laters. If you MUST have a candy bar, have a chocolate and brush really well afterwards.
This includes ripping off pizza bites, Cuban sandwiches, or apples. You also have to avoid carrots (a real heart breaker, we know), unless they are cooked.
Please do not eat food for three hours after your braces are applied. You are of course allowed to drink liquids.
Stick to soft foods for three days following the application of your braces. This will ensure that the brackets have the proper amount of time to bond to your teeth.
If you want them off in the shortest amount of time, you have to take care of them and keep them on your teeth!