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

How to Clean and Maintain Your Braces

dca-blog_how-to-care-for-your-braces

Did you recently get braces or are you considering braces? Braces are a big step and require added diligence to your dental care routine. However, the hassles are well worth the benefits. Straighter teeth, a more beautiful smile, and a reduced risk of dental disease—who doesn’t want that? Staying the course can be challenging, but dental care experts have compiled a guide about how to clean teeth with braces and help you remember all the little things that will help you achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time.

What can you eat with braces?

The first week with your braces may require consumption of only soft foods, but the soreness will rapidly diminish and you will be free to eat a wide variety of foods. To optimally protect your braces avoid these foods until they are removed:

  • Chewy foods:  gummy candies, licorice, bagels
  • Sticky foods: gum, caramels, taffy
  • Crunchy foods: chips, ice, popcorn
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy, lozenges, hard breads
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, pears, carrots

Also, exercise caution, if you have a habit of chewing on objects, such as pens, pencils, or fingernails. These items can cause damage to your braces, leading to the need for repair and extended treatment.

Dealing with soreness.

The first week with braces can be tough. You will have to get adjusted to the way they feel in your mouth and you may experience some soreness. Many patients find comfort in a warm salt-water rinse and over-the-counter pain relievers. You may also find that the tissues of the mouth become irritated, but as you adjust, these surfaces will toughen to accommodate your braces.

Periodically, your braces will have to be tightened to ensure the benefits of the process. After these appointments, you may feel sore again for a few hours to a whole day. Much like your first week with braces, warm salt water and over-the-counter pain relievers can minimize the discomfort.

How to clean teeth with braces and retainers.

You will have to brush and floss more frequently with braces and retainers, as food and debris can more easily collect in the wires and between the teeth and appliance. Special brushes are necessary to assist in cleaning hard-to-reach areas.

You will need to brush after every meal and rinse with mouthwash to keep your braces free of food debris and to maintain a clean retainer.

Flossing is a more careful process that requires careful looping of the floss around wires to avoid damaging the braces or retainer and still clean between the teeth. Once daily is still recommended, but a little more time may be necessary to thoroughly complete the task, as compared to flossing without braces.

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.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Because of sinus problems, I have been anxious about dental visits for many, many years. However, Dr. Stewart, Dr. Kleinman, the Big O, Rico and the […]
Thomas C.
This has been the best office i've ever been to. Even better than other doctors i.e optometrist, general doctor, etc. It is never crowded. There is a […]
Taylor T.
Excellent experience!
Rochelle F.
Valley dental meets all my expectation.
Lloyd H.
It wax very good experience .
Joyce C.
Always excellent
Bernard K.
Very professional staff.
Stanley Z.
I have been a patient of Dr. Weitzman for several years now and I have nothing to say but thank you for the excellent service rendered to me and also […]
Douglas B.
The staff and provider were excellent
Donna C.
All the staff at Valley Dental is wonderful especially Dr. Srewart. She was kind professional and very understanding
Romana D.
Dr. Gorman did an excellent job of diagnosing and treating my tooth problem.
Susan H.
Outstanding staff and services
Rachel D.
I am a life long patient with Valley and will remain so, whomever helps me is always aweesome.
Elliot B.
Dr. Weitzman and his colleagues are truly excellent - very skilled and quick, and on top of all aspects of dental care. I am usually someone who […]
Lee W.
The dental service was excellent!
Nadine W.
Great service ....... Dr. Gorman is the best.
Hilda F.
Every one was very pleasant, and nice .and took good care of me .
Linda K.
Excellent cleaning
Dieter L.
Tough procedure performed without pain and in a very pleasant manner.
Charles S.
Dr Weitzman has my highest recommendation.
Mayer S.
I was able to get an appt very easily. All staff that I interacted with were very friendly and courteous. I don't like going to the dentist and they […]
Sharon L.
Complex appointment made as pleasant as possible by dentist and assistant.
Charles S.
No one would think going to a dentist is fun especially with serious dental problems. But the dedication, concern and competence of Dr. Weizman and […]
Charles S.
No waiting. Staff was very attentive. Dr. Gorman explained every step of the procedure he was performing and what I should expect next.
Mark P.
The front desk was very welcoming. The hygienist was very epithetical and made sure I was comfortable with the process. The dentist was very open and […]
Joseph T.
My experience was great , i came in for a root canal , and was a little nervous about the pain , but Dr. Gorman and his asistant was the best ,i felt […]
Craig S.
Excellent service very accommodating.
Stanley Z.
Good professional servive
Jane G.
Dr. Gorman is great!
Barton S.
mat was very pleasant, efficient and thorough. this is my second time with him and I have scheduled my next cleaning with him . Norma and Dr. […]
Gail K.
Dr. Stewart was excellent.
Judith F.
Great staff and I love Dr. Weiztman excellent care and very thorough and patient.
Trene F.
As always a great experience!
Teresa C.
Dr. Gorman and his staff are awesome. Always friendly, always communicative, and they're always willing and able to answer my questions.
Sandi F.
Always glad to receive dedicated care by a wonderful staff and professional dentists in your practice :)
Amit Y.
My visit is always great!!! The best Dentist office I have ever been to!!!!
Nicole W.
I am always treated so well by the staff, dental assistant and especially the dentist! In the past, I avoided seeing the dentist because my teeth […]
Renee B.
Friendly, professional staff. Linda is so friendly, she rocks!
Scott S.
The staff was really helpful and compassionate.
Renee Y.
I called for an emergency appointment , and I was seen right away.
Kenneth K.
The care taken was really impressive and they are really good in doing a complete oral check up
Ravi C.
I am more then please with my experience with Valley Dental.
John J.
Dr. Michael Weitzman and his staff are the absolute best. I've been going to Valley Dental for many years and never disappointed in service and […]
Jerome G.
I can't say that my favorite thing is going to the dentist, but If I must, Valley Dental is the place. It's very professional and the doctors, […]
Merle P.
Timely, courteous, expertise
Anita S.
Matthew made me feel comfortable. He was positive and cleaned my teeth quickly.
Lashanda L.
Dr. Stewart and Octavia were so wonderful to me. I have such anxiety when I go to the dentist and they both made me feel so at ease. Octavia even […]
Veronica W.
I called today with a dental emergency at 11:00AM. I was given an appointment 2 hour later. I am now without the extreme pain! Thanks to Norma & Dr […]
Andrew R.
Service was great and professional. People were friendly.
Nicole B.
Very good experience for my first visit
Christeen H.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (443) 898-1240
Our Location