When you come to Crescent Moon Orthodontics for braces, our skilled orthodontists in Nexton do everything possible to make the process as smooth and beneficial as we can. This includes detailed instructions on caring for your braces, oral hygiene, foods to avoid, and even eating tips to protect your oral hardware. Below, we share some tips for caring for your new braces.
Our orthodontic team at Crescent Moon Orthodontics recommend that patients with braces brush twice a day for two minutes each time. Choose fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Remove any rubber bands or other removable accessories, then beginning at the top, use a gentle circular motion to move the brush across each tooth. Move the brush below the wires to get everything above and below. After completing all the top teeth, move to the bottom and repeat the process.
Floss & Mouthwash
Brushing alone cannot remove all the food and debris from between teeth, and brace hardware makes things even more difficult. Flossing and rinsing with mouthwash is now even more important. Floss with a threader or water pick to remove all debris from between the teeth. Rinsing can help remove loose particles for an extra clean treatment.
Check the Mirror
A visual inspection after each brushing is recommended to determine if anything is left between teeth. You should also inspect your braces for anything that appears to be out of place, such as wires that stick out our loose brackets. When you are satisfied with your oral care routine, reattach any rubber bands or other accessories.
Foods to Enjoy and Avoid
Certain foods can be bad for your braces and hardware, causing breaks and repeated trips to the orthodontist in Nexton for repairs. Choose to enjoy some of the following foods:
- Cooked vegetables
- Soft breads
- Yogurt and milk
- Soft fruits
- Lean meats
- Soft nut butters, such as peanut butter
Foods to avoid include:
- Hard or extremely crusty bread
- Hard candy
- Crunchy chips
- Hard fruits
- Whole nuts or seeds
- Meat from a bone
Even how you eat is important when it comes to protecting your braces. Cut food into smaller bites that are easily eaten from a fork or spoon and avoid taking bites directly from food. When your mouth is sore after adjustments, try eating soft, cold foods to ease discomfort.
Experienced Orthodontists in Nexton
The experienced orthodontists in Nexton at Crescent Moon Orthodontics are long-time specialists at orthodontic treatment to straighten your smile. If you need oral care for a straight and bright smile, contact us today to schedule an exam and consultation.