What is Orthodontics?
Who is an Orthodontist?
What's the best age to visit the Orthodontist?
How can I take care of my teeth if I’m wearing braces or a retainer?
- You need to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day
- Use toothpaste with fluoride to prevent cavities and use a fluoride rinse for better prevention
- If you wear a retainer remember to take it out before you eat and to brush your teeth and floss before you put it back in. You should also make sure to put it in its case when eating so it does not get lost or broken.
- Clean your retainer by gently brushing it with a toothbrush and toothpaste; you can also use denture cleaner twice a week. Do not try to clean it with hot or boiling water or stick it in the dishwasher.
- Do your best to avoid foods with a high sugar treatment as they can increase the amount of plaque and cause cavities.
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods (taffy, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes) or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, whole apples, ribs, caramel, etc). See our complete lists of foods to avoid and foods you can eat.
- Make sure you are keeping regular dentist visits (around once every six months)
If I need orthodontic treatment, how long should I expect it to last?
Do braces hurt?
Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
The American Dental Association recommends biannual visits to the dentist for regular maintenance and care regardless if you are under orthodontic care. Braces do not cause cavities, but they do enable food to build up easier when they are present. Maintaining regular visits to the dentist during orthodontic treatment is always recommended and encouraged.