Valley Dental Associates
9199 Reisterstown Road, Suite 206B, Owings Mills, MD 21117

How to Clean and Maintain Your Braces Like a Pro


It seems as though few youngsters these days make it to adulthood without having braces or retainers for a least some period of time. Perhaps you have recently begun wearing braces or are the parent of someone who has. Understanding the proper way to care for braces and retainers is vital to maintaining good oral health and getting the most benefit from your orthodontics. While brushing is a habit that certainly must continue while wearing braces, there are a few other key elements to optimal maintenance. With proper care, braces for kids will not be too inconvenient or difficult to maintain.

Flossing should be continued while wearing braces. By adjusting your technique a bit, you will still be able to reap the benefits of flossing. Just thread the shorter end of your floss through the gap between the primary arch wire of your braces and the upper part of the tooth, nearest the gum line. Gently work your floss between the teeth, taking care not to use excessive force against the arch wire. Brushing can be done in the usual way, though you may want to add the use of a Proxabrush in order to do the best possible job in between braces.

Like affordable braces, retainers require special attention to keep them as clean as possible. Whenever you brush your teeth, also brush your retainer. On a frequent basis, soak the retainer in a denture cleaner to thoroughly disinfect it. It should always be rinsed with water before it is returned to your mouth.

Though you can eat just about any food you like while wearing braces, provided it is cut into manageable pieces, there are some things you ought to steer clear of due to their potential to damage the braces. Caramels and taffy, popcorn, chewing gum, apples, hard bread rolls, and corn on the cob are a few such items. You should never to crunch ice, as it can loosen, bend, or break your braces.

It pays to invest in a mouth guard specifically designed to work with braces if you play sports. Failing to take care of your braces can lead to protruding or broken wires, loose bands, loose brackets, and loose spacers. These problems will require repair by your orthodontist, and should be prevented whenever possible.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Owings Mills, call Valley Dental Associates today at (443) 898-1240 or make an appointment.

Valley Dental Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Owings Mills. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Valley Dental Associates, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Valley Dental Associates.

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