Orthodontic Essentials: How to Care for Braces and Prevent Bracket Damage

A teen age girl with braces in a flower field

Embarking on the path to a straighter, healthier smile through orthodontic treatment is an exciting journey, but it requires a certain amount of care and commitment. Let’s explore what you can do to care for your braces and ensure your experience is as smooth and rewarding as possible. 

At Hinsdale Orthodontist, our team is here to provide you with knowledge and help on your adventure towards a beautiful, healthy smile.

Caring for Your Braces: Be Gentle and Eat Smart

There’s a bit of skill and knowledge involved in maintaining oral health with braces. Flossing and thorough brushing are crucial. To aid in cleaning around the brackets and wires, you can use a proxy brush, which is designed to easily get between and around the braces. Additionally, make sure to floss regularly. A floss threader can be immensely helpful in maneuvering the floss under the wires. While brushing, it’s important to be gentle to avoid damaging the brackets. You can use either an electric or manual toothbrush, but make sure to use a soft-bristled head and take your time to clean around the wires and pins. 

Now, let’s chat about food – a topic close to everyone’s heart and palate. Certain foods are notorious for causing trouble with braces. Sticky candies and hard nuts are the usual suspects here. Avoiding these and opting for softer, braces-friendly options can make a world of difference. And remember, those crunchy granola bars might be healthy, but they’re not the best friends of your braces. For more information on what foods to eat and what not to eat with braces, check the American Association of Orthodontists’ comprehensive guide

Preventing Bracket Damage

Bracket damage can be a real setback for users of traditional metal braces and Damon braces. But why do these little pieces sometimes break or come loose? Well, it’s not always about what you eat; sometimes it’s how you eat. Biting into a whole apple can exert undue pressure on your brackets. The same goes for raw carrots, bagels, and thick slices of meat. Cut these foods into smaller pieces – your braces will thank you.

Also, habits like chewing on pencils or biting your fingernails can put your braces at risk. And for our sports enthusiasts, always wear a mouthguard during physical activities – it’ll protect both your braces and other players during accidental impacts. 

We’re Here to Help

Despite your best efforts, sometimes a bracket may still break. Don’t panic; we’re here to help! If you notice a loose or broken bracket, give us a call immediately. Quick action can prevent further issues and keep your treatment on track.

At Hinsdale Orthodontist, we’ve seen it all and are here to support you; whether you need to come in to see us or just need some advice over the phone. Damon braces are usually a sensible option for patients of all ages. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions. 

Alternatives to Braces

Caring for Damon braces or traditional braces might not be the right fit for everyone. For those who find it challenging to maintain braces, there’s an alternative solution in the form of clear aligners.

Clear aligners offer a discreet and flexible approach to orthodontic treatment that can be appropriate for teenagers and adults alike. Unlike traditional braces, they can be removed during meals, making it easier to eat a wider variety of foods without concern for bracket damage. Additionally, aligners are custom-made for a comfortable fit and can often provide a more convenient and comfortable experience.

Join Us for Your Orthodontic Adventure

At Hinsdale Orthodontist, we tailor your orthodontic treatment to your lifestyle and needs. If Damon braces are right for you, learning to care for them will be a part of your journey to a beautiful, healthy smile. Remember, the small daily details make a big difference. But you’re not alone! Our team at Hinsdale Orthodontist is always here to support you, answer your questions, and provide the best care possible.
Ready to embark on this journey or need some expert advice on your current treatment? Reach out to us for a free consultation. Let’s work together towards that wonderful Hinsdale Ortho “smile worth sharing”!