Adult or Teenager Braces (Orthodontics)
Your oral hygiene is a top priority during your orthodontic treatment.
The brackets and wires on your teeth make it harder for you to clean them. Trapped food particles and plaque are a breeding ground for cavity causing bacteria. If gum disease develops, it causes swelling of the gums, which makes proper cleaning even more difficult. So it is very important to get the food particles out of your mouth, after each meal.
Please read the instructions in your home care kit. Included in this kit is a special toothbrush used to clean between, under and around the wires, the brackets and your gums to loosen any food particles. You should floss daily. Rinse your mouth thoroughly after you brush, and also rinse your toothbrush. Marion Dental Associates recommends using a water oral hygiene device (like a water pic) to help remove food particles.
Always use the proper techniques that Dr. Chase and/or Dr. Hypes has shown you for brushing and flossing. While wearing your braces, be sure to schedule regular cleanings every 6 months to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Foods to Avoid When wearing Braces.
Some foods damage your braces or cause problems for your teeth, which usually means making a few adjustments in your eating habits. The following list of foods should either be avoided OR you must prepare these foods differently than you have in the past and use caution while eating them.
- Apples – don’t bite into a whole apple, cut the apple into small pieces.
- Bubble Gum – check with Dr. Hypes or Chase as you may be able to chew only sugarless gum.
- Candy – no caramel, taffy, gummy bears, hard candies, etc.
- Carrots – thinly slice carrots.
- Corn on the Cob – remove kernels from the cob.
- Sticky Foods – can bend wires or pull brackets off.
- Sugary Foods – if you must indulge, brush your teeth ASAP or rinse your mouth with water.
- NO Corn Chips, Pretzels, Ice, Nuts, Popcorn or Pizza Crust.