How to Care for Your Teeth with Braces

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Dr. Michael Emanuel If you have crooked or crowded teeth, Dr. Michael Emanuel may recommend braces in Brooklyn, New York. Getting braces requires dedication on your part. Caring for your teeth while wearing braces will take a little more time. However, the end results are well worth the effort.

How to Brush and Floss with Braces
Braces and other orthodontic appliances can attract plaque and food, which can stain the teeth if it is not removed. Our orthodontist may recommend brushing your teeth after every meal or snack, carefully removing any food that is stuck in your braces. Brush using a soft toothbrush. Brush down from the top and up from the bottom to clean each tooth. Next, use a proxabrush, which is also called a Christmas tree brush, to clean between your braces. Between each set of brackets, insert the brush from the top to the bottom and then from the bottom to the top, using several strokes in each direction. Flossing with braces also requires a special procedure.
Insert the short end of the floss between the main arch wire and the part of the tooth closest to the gums. Gently work the floss between the teeth. Be very careful around the arch wire.

Avoid These Foods While Wearing Braces
For those wearing braces, most foods can still be eaten as long as they are cut into small pieces that can be easily chewed. However, some foods can damage braces and should be avoided, including:

– Corn on the cob
– Hard foods that are hard to bite
– Chewy foods
– Popcorn, nuts, carrots, and hard pretzels

Do not chew ice or bubble gum with braces.

We welcome to you to contact our office to learn more and to schedule a consultation.