How to Care for Your Braces and Oral Health
Proper Care for Braces
You may think that traditional braces are difficult to clean and maintain, but the truth is much more lenient. As long as you have the appropriate tools at your disposal, it’s never been easier to keep your mouth sparkling clean while straightening your teeth. Take a look at some helpful tips below!
Tools of the Trade
- Toothbrush: Use a soft-bristle toothbrush, and brush thoroughly around the brackets and wires.
- Floss: There are a few different ways to floss between your braces. You can use flossers, but these can’t get beyond the wire. If using string floss, thread the floss behind the wire, and floss between the teeth as usual.
- Proxabrush: An additional tool is this “Christmas tree” brush, which can clean the space between the brackets and between your teeth. These brushes are quite helpful for removing any food particles that get stuck as well.
Foods to Avoid With Miami Braces
From the moment you receive your braces, there are a few textured foods that you should avoid. Crunchy, sticky, or gummy food are just a few examples of food that can possibly break your bracket or damage the dental cement that’s holding it in place. For a similar reason, soda and other carbonated or acidic drinks are prohibited, as they can wear the dental cement.
For more details, we have a dedicated list of food to avoid.
Invest in Mouthguards
Athletes, we understand that you love your sport of choice. Whether it’s basketball, football, or soccer, you love what you do. But, you might be afraid that your braces are at risk. Here at the Centre for Braces in Miami, we understand these hesitations, and we can provide you with safe, secure mouthguards to protect your smile and braces when you’re out on the field or the court.
Take a look at our dedicated Sports Mouthguard page.
Broke a Bracket or Wire? Here’s What You Do
While patients like you do your best to keep your braces nice, accidents happen! A bracket and wire can snap off, or a bracket may become loose and start sliding around on the wire. It’s important that if something falls off, you wash it off and save it until you can come see us. If you have snapped a wire, or have a loosened bracket, call us as soon as possible. We’ll set you up for an emergency appointment, so we can help reattach or replace the broken piece.
We have further instructions on what to do in emergency situations.
Contact Us About Best Care Practices for Orthodontics
Are you worried about care for your braces and your oral health, but are unsure about what more you can do? Don’t hesitate to call us and schedule an appointment with orthodontist Dr. Stephen Grussmark and our experienced team here in Miami, FL. We have the tips you need to ensure that your orthodontic treatment goes smoothly.