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Tips for Proper Care of Braces

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Braces require additional dental care. When you get braces, you will have to carefully adhere to a diligent routine of brushing and flossing, as well as avoid certain foods to protect your braces. It seems like a big hassle, but the benefits of braces outweigh the nuisance of care. You will be given a great deal of information to keep your braces in tip-top shape and maximize outcomes.  Top dental experts have compiled this list of dos and don’ts for proper care of your braces. Taking care of your braces ensures that you will achieve optimal results in the least amount of time possible.

What can you eat with braces?

Believe it or not, the list of foods you can eat is longer than the list of foods you cannot eat. The first week with your braces may require consumption of only soft foods, but the soreness will rapidly diminish and you will be free to eat a wide variety of foods. To optimally protect your braces, avoid these foods until they are removed:

  • Chewy foods:  gummy candies, licorice, bagels
  • Sticky foods: gum, caramels, taffy
  • Crunchy foods: chips, ice, popcorn
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy, lozenges, hard breads
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, pears, carrots

Also, exercise caution if you have a habit of chewing on objects, such as pens, pencils, or fingernails. These items can cause damage to your orthodontic appliances as well and lead to the need for repair and extended treatment.

Dealing with soreness

The first week with braces can be tough. You will have to get adjusted to the way they feel in your mouth and you may experience some soreness. Many patients find comfort in a warm saltwater rinse and over-the-counter pain relievers. You may also find that the tissues of the mouth become irritated, but as you adjust, these surfaces will toughen to accommodate your braces.

Periodically, your braces will have to be tightened to ensure the benefits of the process. After these appointments, you may feel sore again for a few hours to a whole day. Much like your first week with braces, warm saltwater and over-the-counter pain relievers can minimize the discomfort.

How to clean teeth with braces and retainers

You will have to brush and floss more frequently with braces, as food and debris can more easily collect in the wires and between the teeth and appliance. Special brushes are necessary to assist in cleaning hard-to-reach areas. You will also need to ensure that you maintain a clean retainer.

You will need to brush after every meal and rinse with mouthwash to keep your braces, retainer, and teeth clean.

Flossing is a more careful process that requires careful looping of the floss around wires to avoid damaging the appliance and still clean between the teeth. Once daily is still recommended, but a little more time may be necessary to thoroughly complete the task, as compared to flossing without braces.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Allentown, call Gentle Dental of Allentown today at (610) 616-3593 or make an appointment.

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