Top Ways to Ensure You and Your Braces Have a Good Relationship

You and your braces will become good friends over the coming months or years, so its important to get your relationship off to a good start. Consider the following recommendations to prevent rocky times ahead:

  • Floss, floss, floss. Yes, its a pain to floss around your braces, but its the best way to prevent gum disease and other oral health problems. Ask Dr. Patrick Hart and our staff for floss threaders to make the chore easier. Just a few minutes per day will ensure that you dont face significant dental health issues when the braces come off.
  • Avoid sticky or hard foods. Its tough to forgo toffee, caramel, gum, and other favorite sticky treats, but your braces will thank you. Sticky or hard foods can break a bracket or wire, so its best to avoid them altogether.
  • Chew with your back teeth. If youre used to taking large bites with your front teeth, it might be time to switch your eating habits. Taking a large bite of food with your front teeth can leave your braces vulnerable to damage. Instead, cut large foods into pieces and use your back teeth to chew. This is especially important with corn on the cob, which should always be cut from the cob.
  • Wear rubber bands and headgear. Rubber bands, headgear, and other orthodontic appliances may seem annoying, but failing to comply with wearing them can increase the length of your treatment by months. Wear them now to avoid problems in the future.