How to take care of your braces


  • Brush with a soft bristle brush.
  • It is important to brush after every meal. If you cannot brush right away, rinse well with water.
  • Place bristles where gums and teeth meet.
  • Use circular motions around the gums, 10 seconds on each tooth.
  • Brush slowly, each arch separately, every tooth.
  • Brush the lower teeth up and the upper teeth down.
  • Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth too!


  • It is important to floss nightly after brushing to remove plaque your toothbrush misses.
  • Use a floss threader between gums and braces.
  • Concentrate on the danger zone: the space between the brackets and the gums.
  • Carefully pull unwaxed floss between the wire and braces.
  • Floss carefully around the braces, gum area, and each tooth.

Common Issues:

  • Loose/Broken Bracket

    • It’s not atypical to have 1 or 2 loose brackets during orthodontic treatment, if this happens place some wax on the bracket to avoid it rubbing your cheeks.
    • Our brackets have special doors on them, if a bracket it loose, open the door and save the bracket for repair.
  • Pokey Archwire

    • Clip the broken/pokey wire with fingernail clippers or place a pea-sized amount of wax on the area that’s rubbing your cheek.
  • Soreness

    • Take what you would normally take for a headache (Tylenol, Advil, etc.) Soreness from braces peaks 24 hours after the braces and wires are placed, then will get progressively better over time.

Problem Foods:

  • Avoid the following crunchy foods- Hard candy, chips, popcorn, jerky, ice, nuts, corn on the cob, whole raw fruits and vegetables such as apples and carrots.
  • Avoid the following sticky foods- Bubble gum, caramel and other sticky candy like starburst and taffy.
  • Avoid chewing on hard objects such as pens and pencils.