Dental One Associates of Bel Air
3435 Box Hill Corporate Center Drive, Suite E, Abingdon, MD 21009

How to Make the Best of Your Time in Braces

Caring for Braces

The purpose of affordable braces is to create a smile worth millions. However, the wires and bands can’t work their magic without your help. Whether you’re maintaining braces for kids or adults, it’s essential to avoid foods that cause problems, keep your braces and retainers clean, and use good dental care products. The following tips address all three areas critical to orthodontic success.

1. Your Diet

There are certain foods you should avoid while you’re wearing braces, including:

  • Corn on the cob
  • Tomatoes
  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Gum
  • Chewing ice
  • Soda or diet soda
  • Caramels
  • Bagels
  • Salsa
  • Pickles
  • Vinegar-based dressings
  • BBQ sauces

2. Your Dental Care Routine

You have a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease while you wear braces because the nooks and crannies in the brackets and wires can easily trap food. Keeping your teeth and braces clean is essential for preventing gum inflammation and permanent damage to tooth enamel. If you wear elastics, remove them before brushing. Use an ADA-recommended toothpaste and a soft, compact brush, brushing in a circular motion. Gently brush your braces, applying enough pressure to allow bristles to spread into the gaps between the wires and teeth. Brush inside and outside the tooth surfaces and under the wires. Finish by flossing and using a mouthwash.

3. The Right Dental Care Products

Your family orthodontics experts may recommend cleaning aids or other products to help you keep your mouth healthy and prevent tooth discoloration and decay. These might include interdental brushes, floss threaders, antiseptic rinses, and topical oral pain relievers. If you maintain strict dental care habits, adjust your diet, and follow your orthodontist’s recommendations carefully, your beautiful smile will be well worth the extra effort.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Abingdon, call Dental One Associates of Bel Air today at (410) 698-1674 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Abingdon. With 11 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Bel Air, 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 Dental One Associates of Bel Air.

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