Home Care For Braces: How To Clean & Maintain Your Braces Properly

Brushing & Flossing With Braces: The Proper Way To Care For Your Braces

Taking good care of your braces can help minimize the risk of post-orthodontic complications. To help you adjust to life with braces, our orthodontists will ask you to follow a specific regimen to maintain good oral health and hygiene. 

If you aren’t sure where to start, Dugas Dental & Carr Orthodontics is at your service. Reach out to us, and our team will give you the information you need to clean, maintain, and care for your braces at home.  

Can Proper Home Care Reduce Pain Caused By New Braces?

Yes! A good home care routine will help you reduce the risks of inflammation and sensitivity. As your teeth slowly adjust, you may experience pain or uncomfortable sensations, but with a proper home care routine, you can keep the following symptoms to a minimum:

  • Soreness
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive jaw, teeth, or mouth
  • Cheek or lip irritations

How Do You Care For Your Braces At Home?

It’s important to care for them by following a strict cleaning regimen, especially after meals. Follow these four simple steps to care for your teeth as they adjust to your new braces.

1. Brush Your Teeth and Floss

Brushing your teeth gently but thoroughly is the key to removing plaque and preventing tartar. Follow these steps every time you brush your teeth for a deep clean:

  • Remove elastics and removable parts from your braces.
  • Brush gently in small circular motions for a minimum of three minutes.
  • Floss at least once a day or after every meal.
2. Be Careful With Food And Drinks

It is important to protect your braces from damage. As long as you avoid tough, sticky, and chewy food, you should have no problem maintaining your braces. This includes popcorn, hard candies, thick crusts, and all types of nuts. 

To be on the safe side, make sure that you don’t leave any food particles stuck in your teeth for prolonged periods. Remove any bits of food with a toothpick or floss as soon as possible.

3. Protect Your Teeth During Sports

When you have braces, you must always wear a mouthguard during sports and other physically demanding activities. If your braces are damaged from trauma, you should seek professional dental help.

4. See Your Orthodontist Regularly

We recommend you visit a trusted orthodontist at least once every 6 to 8 weeks. Do your best to make all of your routine check-ups or appointments – your orthodontist has to regularly tighten loose wires and monitor your teeth’s progress. You need to get professional cleanings at least once every six months to remove build-up that’s difficult to clean on your own.

Dugas Dental & Carr Orthodontics: Premium Orthodontic Care

Braces require good hygiene and special attention. But no matter how well you maintain your braces at home, you still need professional guidance. Thankfully, you can get all the help you need at Dugas Dental & Carr Orthodontics. Our team will make sure you have all the information you need to care for your braces properly at home.