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Now that you have braces on, it is more important than ever to take care in keeping your teeth extra clean. Plaque can hide around the braces and if it is not effectively removed, the bacteria in the plaque can erode or decalcify tooth enamel. The decalcifications show up as white spots on teeth. These white stains are often permanent. Brushing after meals should become part of your daily schedule.. Use a soft toothbrush with firm pressure and brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth; brush in small circles above and below the brackets.

Your toothbrush will wear out faster because of your appliances, so be sure to replace it whenever the bristles start to fray.  A Waterpik can be a useful addition but it cannot remove the sticky plaque that adheres to the teeth. Interplak toothbrushes are great.



Flossing is important and should be done every day.

It is highly recommended that regular dental check-ups be continued with your dentist during active orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.

Eating with Braces

Please do not eat hard foods: nuts, ice, crisp taco shells, whole apples and carrots (cut them into pieces first), hard French bread crust and rolls, spareribs, corn on the cob (cut the corn off the cob before eating), and popcorn! These foods risk breaking brackets and wires. Also beware of nail biting and pen or pencil chewing habits, since these can damage your braces. Do not eat sticky foods: taffy, caramels, bubble gum, or sticky candy of any sort. Use common sense about most foods.

Absolutely no caffeinated/sugar sodas such as Mountain Dew, Coke or Pepsi

Minimize Sugar Intake!

Sticky Foods:

  • Caramels
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Starbursts
  • Caramel Apples
  • Sugar Babies
  • Licorice
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Now & Laters
Hard Foods:

  • Nut Popcorn (The fluffy part is ok)
  • Bagels
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Pizza Crusts
  • Doritos
  • Pretzels
Eat Much Less:

  • Candy
  • Ice Cream
  • Cake, Cookies
  • Pie
  • Foods with Sugar
Drink Much Less:

  • Soda
  • Drinks with Sugar

Direct Injuries to the Mouth or Teeth

Following a direct injury to your mouth or teeth–whether you are undergoing orthodontic care or not–you should be seen by your regular dentist as soon as possible. If a tooth has been knocked out, severely displaced, or fractured, it is best to contact your family dentist first since we may not have the necessary materials needed to treat these injuries. If the orthodontic appliances are dislodged or displaced, we will need to replace or adjust them as soon as possible.