Caring For Your Braces

We want all of our patients to experience efficient, comfortable orthodontic treatment that results in a bright, healthy smile. An essential part of successful treatment is excellent dental health. If you have braces installed, we will give you a 'care package' filled with detailed instructions and helpful products. Here is an overview, though, of what you can do to take care of your braces.

Applying Comfort Wax








Broken Braces






Loose Band






Proper Tooth Brushing






Proper Use of a Proxy Brush






Flossing With Braces






Foods to Avoid

Certain foods spell trouble for braces. Hard foods can damage your appliances, and sticky foods can quickly cause tooth decay in hard-to-clean areas. Eating the right foods makes caring for your orthodontia and your teeth much easier.

Hard Foods to Avoid

  • Popcorn
  • Hard chips
  • Hard candies
  • Ice (chewing)
  • Nuts, peanut brittle

Sticky Foods to Avoid

  • Gum (none at all)
  • Gummy candies
  • Fruit rollups
  • Caramels, chewy candies

Foods to Eat Carefully

  • Crunchy fruits and vegetables (apples, carrots, etc.) must be cut into small pieces
  • Dense, chewy breads (bagels, pizza crust) should be avoided or torn into small pieces
  • Corn on the cob or meat on the bone (spareribs, chicken wings) can be cut off and eaten in small pieces

Flossing and Brushing

They might not be your favorite daily activities, but careful flossing and brushing have a huge impact on the health of your teeth and the success of your orthodontics. By taking the time to work carefully around your brackets and wires during flossing and brushing, you'll prevent tooth decay and discoloring during treatment. When your braces are removed, your efforts will be rewarded with a beautiful, healthy smile. For more detailed information, watch the instructional videos above.