Be Good to Your Braces

While your child’s new braces are here to create an even better smile, they do present new impacts on their dental health making good habits more important than ever. But care is simple. In addition to regular brushing, we recommend using a Proxabrush, a special brush designed to clean underneath and around wires and braces. We recommend using using a mouthwash that contains fluoride after brushing at bedtime. Occasionally we recommend professional dental cleanings every 3 months instead of 6 for patients who have difficulty keeping their teeth clean with braces.

Check regularly for bent, broken or loose wires and brackets. Call our office should you need to arrange for a repair. Finally, avoid nail biting, chewing on objects like pens and pencils and the NO-NO foods. Hard foods damage braces. Sticky foods get stuck in braces. And sugary foods can cause decay.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza crust
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Minimize Sugary Foods Like:

  • Cake
  • Ice cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Only Once a Day:

  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar