Brushing and Flossing with Braces
A beautiful smile is the end goal of every patient that is seeking orthodontic treatment. However, while orthodontic treatment like braces and Invisalign can straighten your smile, it is up to you to continue to keep it healthy. The best preventative dental care tactic to avoid tooth decay is a thorough brushing and flossing routine. By keeping up with your oral hygiene routine on a regular basis you will ward off decay. Then, when you do finally get your braces off your smile will be healthy and bright. For more information on brushing and flossing with your braces we have provided a video from the AAO as well as a printable version to keep at home with you.
Foods to Avoid
For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided. For more info on foods to avoid while in orthodontic treatment, we have provided a video as well as a printable version to keep at home with you.