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Braces help in fixing teeth that are close together, crooked, or too far apart. They can also be used to solve overbites or underbites. However, wearing braces means extra care. These devices have many spaces that can trap food and cause other dental conditions. Taking care of braces makes it more comfortable and effective.
Individuals who wear braces must be careful to avoid foods that can cause damage to the braces or make it difficult to maintain oral health. The small spaces between the fixtures and the surface of the teeth create an environment that is conducive to tooth decay. Identify foods that can be chewed easily. Foods that need to be avoided include:

  • Carrots, popcorn, nuts, bagels, apples, or other foods that are tough to bite
  • Sugary drinks
  • Hard pretzels
  • Corn from cob
  • Chewing bubble gum, gummy candy
  • Caramels, taffy, and other chewy foods

To avoid conditions such as inflamed gums or tooth decay, extra care is required to keep your teeth and braces clean. Orthodontists recommend that you brush after every meal to remove food that may be stuck in your braces.
Clean removable braces using a normal soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride. For fixed braces, use special toothbrushes, known as interdental brushes, threaded floss, disclosing tablets, and mouthwash. Brushing should be gentle to avoid any damage.
When brushing, you also need to brush your retainer. Do not use toothpaste for the retainer, instead, disinfect it in a denture cleanser.
Flossing will help get rid of particles that get stuck in the wiring of the brace or on your teeth. But it needs to be done gently because excessive force may cause damage. Pass the thread carefully between the braces’ wire and your teeth then slowly work it back and forth between the brace and teeth.
In the case of a breakage, or if the wire comes loose, contact Dr. Sue Liebman immediately. Dental wax can be used in a pinch or to soften an area that is otherwise poking the mouth and causing discomfort. During your routine check-ups, Dr. Liebman will tighten and adjust your braces as needed to ensure comfort and performance while wearing braces. She and the entire team at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics provide a variety of orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Susan LiebmanDr. Liebman is a board-certified orthodontist who loves changing people’s smiles. Dr. Liebman listens to her patients carefully and understands their orthodontic needs before providing quality care. She strives to remain updated with the latest technology and techniques and adapts them in her work.
If you need help caring for braces in Brooklyn or would like more information about orthodontic treatments, contact Brooklyn Orthodontics online or by calling (718) 622-6741 today. Our downtown Brooklyn location allows us to effectively serve the New York City community.