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Tips to Care for Your Braces

Eat with a Knife and Fork

When you get braces, you should start eating more foods using a fork and knife, even things that you would normally eat with your hands, like pizza or a burger. This way you do not have to bite food off, which is better for your braces because biting pushes food between your braces and it will get stuck there.

Avoid Sticky Foods

Sticky, sugary foods like caramel and hard candies can easily damage your braces. When you need a sweet treat, reach for some chocolate instead–it’s softer and dissolves quickly, so it won’t stick to your braces and cause problems.

Break That Nail Biting Habit

Biting your nails can damage your braces easily, so it is important to avoid nail biting once you have braces (not to mention, it’s an unhygienic habit and is bad for your teeth as well as your braces). We know that nail biting is a habit that is very hard to break as many people don’t even realize when they’re doing it, so it’s a great idea to enlist the help of a family member, friend, or partner to tell you whenever they see you going in to bite your nails. This will help you become more aware of when you are doing it and make it easier to stop for good.

Brush After Every Meal

When you have braces, you should be brushing your teeth after every time you eat. This is because food often gets stuck in your braces and if it is left there it can cause damage. Keep a travel toothbrush in your backpack or purse so that you’ll always have access to proper oral hygiene on the go.

Don’t Skip Dental Appointments

Make sure that you visit your dental care provider regularly to ensure that your braces are properly cared for. If you are interested in getting braces or have any questions regarding braces or alternatives for teeth straightening, get in touch with Tsawwassen Family Dental today!

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