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Protecting Your Braces


Young girl cleaning her bracesIf you have recently been in to see us here at Senestraro Family Orthodontics, and you have been fitted with braces, congratulations! You are on your way to a healthier, straighter, and more beautiful smile. Now that you have braces, do you know how to protect them? Because you now have braces, you will need to be sure that they stay safe. If they don’t, you may be visiting us more than you want to. Need more information? Here are some facts for you about protecting your braces.

Brushing and Flossing


Before you do anything else, you need to brush and floss your teeth after each meal. This is one of the best things you can do to protect your teeth. If you brush and floss every day, there will be less chance that plaque will form on your teeth. Plaque is the sticky mess that can stay on your teeth and cause cavities. One of the worst things you can do is to let the plaque sit on your braces. You do not want your braces to be removed, only to have cavities underneath the braces.
Read more about braces and dental hygiene.

Avoiding Foods


There are some foods that you just can’t eat with braces on. First, you need to avoid hard foods that might break your brackets. The brackets are pieces of metal or plastic that are glued to the front of your teeth with dental adhesive. There are many hard foods you are going to have to keep out of your mouth while you have braces. Popcorn is a no-no. Hard candies? Also out - as long as you have your braces on. While fruits and vegetables are good, some of them could break your brackets. For example, if you love carrots, you need to cook them rather than eat them raw. If you love apples, cut them up to eat them. Celery also needs to be cut up before you bite down.

You also need to avoid sticky or overly sweet foods, as they can also impact your braces. Caramels and other soft candies can stick to your brackets or even break them. These kinds of foods can also cause cavities, which you don’t want if you have braces.

Mouthguards


If you love to play sports, and you are wearing braces, you need to work harder to protect them. This means that for nearly all sports, you will need to wear a mouthguard over your braces to protect them. In the past, many people thought that only athletes in certain sports needed to wear mouthguards over their braces. However, nearly every sport, even tennis, and golf, can be harmful to teeth. What happens if you trip over a net? Alternatively, you hit yourself in the face with a golf club or a golf ball? If you compete in sports, wear your mouthguard. You would not want to spend your victory party at the orthodontist’s office getting your broken bracket fixed.

If you need more information about your braces, why not give us a call? We love to talk about braces and orthodontic care! Call Senestraro Family Orthodontics at (503) 446-5815 and let’s talk protecting your braces!
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