Caring for Braces
When wearing braces or orthodontic appliances, you’ll need to take the special instructions we’ll provide into consideration. You can still brush and floss; you just need to use different techniques to make sure you’re being thorough with your oral hygiene.
When flossing around your braces, thread the floss through the teeth over the wire, maneuvering it near the gums. You can also use a floss threader to move the floss around the wire if you find this easier. Don’t put too much pressure on the arch wire! Instead, gently pull the floss back and forth between the teeth and down below the gum line.
First, brush your teeth with a regular toothbrush, making sure to move the bristles in an up-and-down motion. Once you’ve completed this routine on every tooth, brush with a proxabrush, which is a toothbrush head that’s shaped like a Christmas tree. The proxabrush can be used to clean between braces brackets easily.
Food to Avoid
When wearing braces, there are certain types of food that can cause damage to your orthodontics. This includes hard or difficult to bite foods (apples), chewy foods (caramel candy), corn-on-the-cob, popcorn, nuts, and chewing gum.
Braces will result in a minimal difference to your lifestyle, but still, make sure you’re following these instructions and those given to you by our trained doctors!