Braces Care 101

Braces Care 101
Posted on 01/26/2017
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Drs. Tilghman & Schwartz and his friendly team want all our patients to have a pleasant and comfortable experience while receiving orthodontic treatment. It's important to note that orthodontics is a two-way street, in that patients must be compliant in order to achieve desired results. You must take good care of your braces so your treatment isn't derailed due to a problem with your appliances. Here are a few helpful tips designed to help you take good care of your braces. 

Watch What You Eat 

In order to protect your braces, you must refrain from eating hard, crunchy, sticky and gooey foods. Even if you are tempted by this type of food, don't give in as your braces could break. It could lead to more expensive treatment due to something in need of replacement or repair and may even extend the time you spend in treatment. 

If you have any questions about what is and isn't safe to eat with braces, feel free to ask one of our staff members or your orthodontist. We'll be providing you with a list of foods to avoid to ensure you have the resources to have an efficient journey to straight teeth.

Wear a Mouthguard When Playing Sports 

In order to avoid serious injuries to your mouth and to protect your braces, you should always wear a protective mouthguard when playing sports or whenever you're doing something that can raise your risk for a mouth injury. There are special mouthguards for sale both online and off which are made specifically to fit over braces. 

We can help you create a custom mouth guard to perfectly fits your child's mouth. Taking precautionary steps will ensure that your child or teen will avoid painful injury or deter their treatment.

Be Careful When Brushing & Flossing 

This one is self-explanatory. Food particles and plaque have many more hiding places in and around your appliances. When brushing your teeth, it's fine to brush your braces as long as you do it gently using a soft toothbrush. There's also special floss made for patients with braces, to clean in the hard-to-reach areas. Ask Dr. Tilghman or Dr. Schwartz for everything you need, to that you can keep your braces as clean as possible. 

Don't Chew Pencils or Your Bite Your Nails  

Whenever you bite down on something hard including pencils, pens and fingernails, you are risking doing damage to your braces. Therefore, be mindful of any bad habits you have like biting your nails or chewing pencils. 

Cut Food Into Small Bite-Sized Pieces 

To avoid bending, breaking or loosening your wires and brackets, instead of biting into foods with your front teeth, cut food into small, bite sized pieces. This pertains to foods like apples, pizza, firm bread rolls, submarine sandwiches, etc. Just let your common sense tell you when it's best to cut up your food before eating it. 

Contact Tilghman Orthodontics Today!

If you have any questions about your braces or are interested in scheduling an appointment, feel free to contact our Salisbury or Berlin office for more information. Both offices can be reached at (410) 742-4813, or you can request an appointment online if you prefer. We're proud to provide metal braces, Invisalign and more to patients in and around Salisbury, Berlin, Rehoboth Beach, Ocean City and more. We look forward to hearing from you soon!