Guide to Maintaining Braces
When it comes to braces, we realize that most of our patients can’t wait to get them off. Especially once they’ve realized they’ve committed to a treatment that normally takes a couple months. This is why at Hospitality Dental we have created this guide to help our patients with braces understand which habits and foods to avoid in order to prevent the brackets from breaking, which would result in a longer treatment.
Here are some basic tips that you can use in your daily life that will help your braces work to the best of their ability.
Avoid Bad Habits
We find that some of the common causes for loose or broken brackets include: fingernail biting, chewing on hard objects e.g. pens, and eating sticky or hard snacks e.g. caramel apples. Remember, the more you damage you braces, the more time and money you will have to invest. Try to avoid bad habits with your teeth and make sure you protect your braces.
Eat Soft and Small Foods
Certain foods are not the most ideal when it comes to braces. Particularly hard foods that are hard to bite into as they also tend to break the brackets. Loose food particles can create bacteria and eventually turn into plaque. If you want to make sure your braces stay clean and food doesn’t damage your teeth stick to softer foods as much as possible. If you end up needing to eat hard food, simply cut the food into bite-sized pieces in order to reduce damage to your teeth and remember to always brush afterwards, especially in between the brackets.
Don’t Take Shortcuts
When wearing braces, make sure you:
· Always keep your elastics on; only remove them when you’re going to eat. This also includes snacking.
· Brush and floss thoroughly, consistently brush your teeth three times a day and floss after you eat.
· Don’t skip appointments! When your dentist schedules an appointment for a check-up or to change your wires, always set time aside to make sure you can make your appointment. As skipping appointments also can extend the length of your treatment.
Contact Info for Hospitality Dental
For more information about dental braces or to schedule an appointment contact our office at (702) 874-3731 or visit