Caring for Your Braces

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Getting braces can be exciting, but it also brings some new challenges. How do you care for your braces?

The first thing to know is that some foods can damage your braces—along with your teeth. These include crunchy foods like potato chips and apples, sugary foods like soda and ice cream, and sticky foods like caramel and taffy. You should also know how to brush properly with braces. You may even want to get a thin interdental brush to reach some hard-to-reach areas in your mouth.

After brushing, you also need to know how to floss and rinse after you brush to ensure no food particles are left over. Flossing might be a little more difficult, so you may want to invest in an air or water flosser as an easy-to-use alternative

Caring for your braces can seem difficult, but the reality is you just need to put some extra effort into cleaning your teeth and know what foods to avoid. To find out more about how to care for your braces, read the infographic below.