Braces Care

Oral Hygiene 

You should always be brushing and flossing your teeth, but it is even more important while you have braces or appliances in your mouth.  We need to ensure that your gums and teeth remain healthy throughout orthodontic treatment.  Brush and floss after each meal or snack.  It is important to maintain your normal periodic cleaning appointments with your primary care dentist during your orthodontic treatment.  

Brushing tips

  • Grab your favorite fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush.  If you have an electric toothbrush such as an Oral B or Sonicare, please utilize it.  Angle your toothbrush and move it in a small, circular motion to reach all the food particles.  You may notice that you will have to replace your toothbrush or brush heads more frequently when wearing braces. 
  • Brush around all parts of your braces.  Make sure that you also brush behind the teeth as well. Take care to remove all plaque and debris from the teeth.
  • Brush your gums and tongue too.  If you neglect to brush your gums, the will become inflamed and will bleed when you brush.
  • You can also use an interproximal brush which will allow you to get around the braces better.
  • After you are finished brushing, rinse thoroughly and inspect your mouth for loose or broken brackets.  If you find an issue, please call our office.

Flossing tips

  • Floss every night prior to going to bed.  It is best to do it when you do not feel rushed.
  • Use a floss threader to aid in flossing.  A floss threader will allow you to get the floss under the wire so you can clean between your teeth.  
  • Remember, the more you floss, the faster you will get and the healthier your mouth will be.

Remember, good oral hygiene is mandatory to keep teeth and your mouth healthy.  If you leave food and plaque on your teeth, it can cause inflammation of the gums, bad breath, decay, and permanent white spots.  

For our "A" oral hygiene patients, you will be entered in our monthly oral hygiene contest.  Brush your way to a healthy smile and a great prize!  

Eating with Braces

To take care of your braces and to avoid damage, which could extend treatment time, avoid foods that are hard, crunchy, or sticky.  For the first few days after getting your braces or having an adjustment, eating soft foods will be the easiest and most comfortable to eat.  In general, avoiding foods known to break brackets help to ensure the best and quickest treatment with less office visits.  

  • Hard Foods - Hard Breads, Apples, Carrots, Ice, Nuts,
  • Sticky Foods - Gum, Caramels, Taffy, Granola Bars 
  • Crunchy Foods - Popcorn, Tortilla chips, Pretzels, Seeds 
  • Tough Foods - Pizza Crust, Bagels, Steak, Meat on a Bone


If you play contact sports, it is essential that you wear a mouthguard.  Please ask your friendly Lake Zurich orthodontic staff about the different kinds of mouthguards available.