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Proper maintenance of braces is crucial to the success of orthodontic treatment. Since braces comprise numerous parts, they’re susceptible to damage if not cared for correctly. Following your orthodontist’s guidance for home care is key to achieving the best results.

Foods to Avoid and Limit

Initially, choose soft foods to ease discomfort. Certain foods should be avoided to prevent damage to braces components, like snapping archwires or loosening brackets. Your orthodontist will provide a detailed list, but generally, avoid:

  • Hard/Crunchy: Ice, popcorn kernels, chips
  • Sticky/Chewy: Taffy, gum, bagels, jerky, caramel
  • Sugary: Candy, soda (moderation is key)
  • On The Bone: Wings, ribs, corn (remove from the bone or cob)

Cleaning Around Braces

Braces increase the risk of tooth decay by trapping bacteria and food particles. Brushing after each meal and snack, plus daily flossing, is essential to keep your teeth clean. Your orthodontist can offer tips on effective hygiene practices with braces.

Preventing Damage During Athletics

Sports significantly contribute to orthodontic appliance damage. Wearing specialized mouthguards during sports, even non-contact ones, can protect against injuries and appliance damage. If braces get damaged, schedule an orthodontic visit promptly to avoid prolonging treatment.

Commitment to Best Results

Successful orthodontic treatment demands a strong commitment, including attending all adjustment appointments and adhering to care instructions. For any questions or concerns about your orthodontic care, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office.


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