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Caring for Your Smile When You Have Braces
By The Brace Place Orthodontics
September 23, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: braces  

Braces straighten your teeth, but they require a few extra steps while you have them to care for your smile correctly. Dr. Josh Goldknopf and his talented team at The Brace Place Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Ponte Verde, FL, love helping people properly care for braces so they can have the best smile with and without them.

Why Braces Work So Well

Humans have been attempting to straighten their teeth for as far back as ancient times. There's been a lot of time to perfect the dental straightening technology. Braces work so well because the teeth are programmed to move ever so slightly with constant slight pressure. Since braces provide constant pressure, the teeth will slowly move into their new desired alignment. Braces will be worn for usually around two years or more while the teeth straighten themselves out. During those two-plus years, the orthodontist at The Brace Place Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach, FL, works to complete each patient's orthodontic stint successfully.

Special Care for Braces in Jacksonville, FL

In addition to brushing throughout the day with toothpaste designed for braces, you'll want to be sure to use interdental cleaners after each meal or snack time to remove food particles stuck in between your brackets. Flossing will take slightly extra time as you maneuver around the wires and brackets. Always use a mouthwash to get the extra bits gone and the places you can't reach with a brush or floss extra clean. These habits alone will help keep bacteria at bay.

In addition to these behaviors, you'll also need to avoid eating certain foods if you have braces in Jacksonville, FL. Don't eat extra soft or sticky foods like hard candies, bagels, or cotton candy. Avoid hard and crunchy foods like chewing on ice, raw nuts, or toffee. Don't eat anything you have to bite hard down to chew, like raw apples or carrots. Eating anything like this increases the risk of damage to your dental mechanisms, and that food will get stuck behind a bracket, making it very difficult to remove.

Lip Gloss and a Braces Care Kit are Your Friends

You'll want to keep your lips moist while you have braces to avoid any extra cracking or discomfort. A braces care kit includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, interdental cleaners, and orthodontic wax. Using all of these things regularly, especially while you're out and about, will keep that mouth super healthy.

When you're looking for braces in Jacksonville, FL, contact Dr. Goldknopf at The Brace Place Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach, FL, at 904-222-8588 today for an appointment. They also have an office serving the Ponte Verde, FL, community and can be reached at 904-249-0037.