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Orthodontics is used to straighten the teeth and correct the bite. This can improve not only the appearance of your smile, but the health as well. Now that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, there are some things you should know about caring for your teeth and braces. Dr. Daniel Adams and our team are happy to give tips.

Dental Hygiene with Braces
Dental hygiene is a little more involved while wearing braces. To floss your teeth, work the short end of your floss through the space between the upper part of the tooth and the arch wire. Then use a back-and-forth motion to gently work the floss between the teeth. Be wary of the arch wires.

When brushing, use a soft-bristled brush. Brush both from the bottom up and down from the top of each tooth. After this, brush with a proxabrush, which is designed to clean between the brackets. Insert the brush both from the bottom up and from the top down between each bracket. Use several brushing strokes in each direction.

Foods to Avoid
While wearing braces, there are certain foods that should be avoided, as they can break or loosen the brackets. These include:

– Tough-to-bite or hard foods like apples
– Chewy food like caramel
– Hard pretzels, carrots, nuts, and popcorn
– Corn on the cob

If you would like to set up an appointment with our orthodontist in Carlsbad, California, feel free to contact Full Smile Orthodontics at 760.804.0080 today.