Caring for Your Braces

34How can you get the most out of your braces wear-time? When you take proper care of your braces, you will see faster results and experience fewer problems.

It is crucial to brush and floss regularly throughout your orthodontic treatment. Daily flossing can be made easier with add-on braces flossers or floss made specifically for braces. You should brush your teeth and braces after every meal to keep food and bacteria from building up around your brackets.

Be sure to wear your rubber bands, headgear, or other appliances consistently. If you are given any special instructions by Drs. Lori and Adam Cohen, follow them carefully for increased braces success.

If you have any questions about your at-home care routine, please ask! We would be happy to assist you.

Eating with Braces

For any braces with brackets, it is important to evade foods that could damage your orthodontics. Foods that are sticky, hard, crunchy, or chewy may ruin your braces. Some foods that should be avoided include:

  • Licorice
  • Popcorn
  • Ice
  • Chips
  • Caramels
  • Gum
  • Nuts
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples

This is just a sample list to guide you. Use your best judgment and ask questions to protect your braces. Some foods on the list may still be eaten if they are cut up before consumption.

Dealing with Soreness

26If you are feeling some soreness because your teeth are moving, you can sip on cold water and take over-the-counter medications. If your lips or cheeks become irritated, place wax over the problematic bracket. You can rinse your mouth with saltwater for relief.

Loose or Broken Braces

It is relatively common for brackets and wires to become loose. Call our office to schedule an appointment to come in for a quick repair. If a protruding wire is bothering you, you can push the wire away from the cheek by pushing or bending it with your finger or a non-threatening tool. If any piece of your braces falls out, save it, if possible, and then bring it into your next appointment.

Take care of your braces and your braces will take care of you. The Cohen Orthodontics team is available to you at all times, ready to answer any questions and help you get the most from your braces. Call to set up your visit at Cohen Family Orthodontics today.