Braces are a big investment, making it very important to take care of them. During your treatment, you will learn what causes discomfort or can damage your braces by breaking off a bracket or bending the wires. In order to avoid running into one of these situations, we’ve put together a few instructions that should refresh your memory on what to do and not to do when caring for your braces.

Below are things to avoid while wearing braces:

  1. Avoid chewing on ice- biting down on ice can easily break off a bracket or a wire. It can be painful and require you to go to your orthodontist and have it fixed.
  2. Don’t eat with your rubber bands- It is important to remove your rubber bands before you eat. They can get dirty very quickly and break while you are chewing and eating.
  3. Stay away from sugary drinks- too much sugar and carbonation intake can damage not only your teeth but also the glue that keeps your braces adhered to your teeth.
  4. Don’t use your teeth as a tool- don’t use your teeth to open bottled drinks, rip open bags or to bend back a wire. Your teeth are not meant to be used as a tool, and doing so can break or damage them and your braces.

Below are things to do while wearing braces:

  1. Follow the instructions your orthodontist gave you. Rubber bands may feel uncomfortable to wear, but sticking to your treatment plan will pay off in the end.
  2. Call your doctor immediately if something breaks or bends. The sooner we can fix the issue, the less likely you are to get off course of your treatment plan.
  3. Tell your orthodontist if you are involved in contact sports or are very physical. Wearing a mouthguard while playing sports can help protect your mouth as well as your braces.
  4. Make it a routine to brush your teeth at least three times a day. It’s essential to keep your teeth and braces clean to prevent cavities and stained teeth.

Hopefully, these tips can help keep your teeth happy and healthy.