We see many patients who have traditional metal braces, and one of the things we find is that keeping them clean, as well as the teeth they are straightening, can be a struggle, especially for younger patients. To that end, here are 5 ways to make living with metal braces successful:
- Brushing Is A Must! Daily brushing is a no-brainer, but it’s especially essential once you have braces. Brushing your teeth after every meal will help prevent stains and remove food that gets stuck in your braces before it causes a problem. If you cannot brush after eating, rinse your mouth with water and brush as soon as possible. Use a brush with soft bristles and a fluoride toothpaste.
- Remember To Floss! Having braces means you’ll have to work harder to keep your mouth clean – and to make sure your smile isn’t showing off the kale you had for lunch. Get a floss threader that can get between and underneath the wires on your braces.
- Eat Carefully! Wearing braces means you have to be extra careful about what you eat and drink.
•Bananas, berries, applesauce, and smoothies
•Mashed potatoes, beans, and steamed vegetables
•Soft cheeses, yogurt, milk, and eggs
•Bread, pasta, pancakes, muffins without nuts, soft tortillas, and biscuits
•Chicken, deli meat, and seafood without bones
•Sticky and sugary foods
•Soda, dried fruits, caramels, popcorn and gum
•Chewy foods like bagels, steak, jerky, and pork
•Hard foods like nuts, chips, and raw carrots
- Be Prepared! It’s easy to maintain good habits at home, but more difficult when you are at work, school or socializing. Keep toothpaste, a travel-size toothbrush, wax, chap stick, and floss in your briefcase, purse, backpack, locker, or glove box.
- Orthodontic Appointments Are Meant To Be Kept! Your orthodontist can help you take care of your braces and fix problems if bands loosen or wires pop out of place. Don’t skip your appointments and call your orthodontist if there is a problem.
Braces or not, call to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive exam and dental cleaning, today: (937) 293-3402.