Patients wearing braces need to do their best to keep their braces, gums and teeth clean. By following Dr. Seuss' orthodontic tips on
oral hygiene and avoiding certain foods, you will be able to maintain healthy gums, teeth and the life changing smile you have always
hoped for. To guarantee the best oral hygiene for your smile, always keep your toothbrush handy so that you can brush after every
meal or snack. Keeping your teeth clean with braces tends to be a little more challenging, so follow our tips below on how to brush
your teeth with braces to keep your smile fresh and clean.
Check the steps below to see how to properly brush your new braces.
Plaque is your enemy. If plaque is left on your teeth and/or around the braces, you can develop swollen gums, bad breath, scarred and discolored teeth, even cavities. Patients should avoid foods that are sticky, hard or chewy. They should also avoid any food and drinks that are known to cause cavities. Patients should brush, floss and rinse their mouth regularly between meals. Keeping your teeth clean is your most important job during your orthodontic treatment!
The foods below are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances and are examples of what NOT to eat:
Beef jerky Caramel Carrots Celery Corn chips Corn on the cob (cut off the cob is ok) Crisp taco shells
Doritos Fruit Roll-ups Gum Gummy Bears Hard or sticky candy Ice cubes Nuts Pizza crust
Popcorn Skittles Soft drinks Taffy Toffee Whole apples - cut them into small slices
Flossing with braces is a bit on the tricky side, read on for information on flossing with braces. Since practice makes perfect, follow our step-by-step flossing with braces guide to ensure you keep your orthodontic smile clean and healthy.