Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch
8640 E State Road 70, Suite D, Bradenton, FL 34202

Top Tips for Caring for your Braces

Caring for Braces

When you begin with orthodontics, everything changes. You have a long list of foods to avoid eating, you have special flosses, toothbrushes, and rinses to help you with proper dental care. It can seem overwhelming. However, you will become a pro at caring for your teeth in no time. Your family orthodontics experts will give you detailed instructions and a list of proper ways to care for your braces. This will be helpful to review as you become more confident on your journey to a more beautiful smile. In the meantime, use this short list of the most important tips for dental care with braces.

Brushing with Braces

Routine brushing is imperative to your dental health, with or without braces. With braces, you should brush after every meal and rinse with mouthwash. Without proper dental care, food can get lodged in your braces and increase the risk of oral infection.

Caring for Braces

Your orthodontist will give you detailed dental care instructions for your specific orthodontics. Caring for your orthodontics is essential to the success of your treatment—damaged braces will lengthen the treatment time.

Soreness with Braces

Soreness is normal when you first get braces or after a tightening. You may feel pressure or a soreness of the mouth over the course of several days. Gargling or rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can help alleviate the pain, and over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen can be helpful. Your lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated while your mouth gets used to the rubbing of your braces, so your orthodontist will give you a special wax to use as necessary to reduce rubbing.

Eating with Braces

The first few days with braces tends to be a little tough on your mouth. Eating can be a bit uncomfortable, so you may want to eat only soft foods for several days. As you feel more comfortable with your braces, you can add back in basic foods. You will need to avoid sticky or chewy foods, things with seeds or kernels, and hard, tough foods. Always protect your braces when you eat, and be careful if you aren’t sure about a particular food. Here are some of the foods you should avoid eating:

  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Hard pretzels
  • Carrots
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard or tough-to-bite foods, like apples or bagels
  • Chewy foods, such as taffy or caramels
  • Chewing gum
  • Do not chew ice

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Lakewood Ranch, call Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch today at (941) 462-3706 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Lakewood Ranch. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch. 

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