As a kid’s orthodontist, we work with many young patients to improve smiles every day. We enjoy helping improve our patients’ self-esteem and oral health by straightening their teeth. Braces are the most common way in which we do so. Once placed, braces typically remain on teeth for at least two years. During this time, it will be critical for your child to keep their braces clean so their teeth do not become full of cavities and stained.
Understandably, this is something most parents worry about. We are here to help and will encourage your child by promoting good habits during each visit. In the meantime, here are some simple tips to help your child.
How to Keep Braces Clean
Following these tips from our kid’s orthodontist office will not only help keep braces clean but also decrease the risk of your child developing cavities during their treatment.
Avoid anything sticky
Keeping braces and teeth clean begins with what your child eats in the first place. We recommend staying away from anything that could stick to the brackets and wires of their braces. For example, sugar bubble gum, caramel, taffy, fruit chews, etc., will all stick to the teeth and may even cause damage to their braces; at a minimum, these foods will become stuck between the brackets.
Drink water throughout the day
Buy your child a reusable water bottle that they can take to school and carry with them. Drinking water throughout the day can help keep teeth clean because it can wash food particles away. If they simply take a drink, swish, and spit water out after snacking, the child can remove some of the loose food that is around the braces after eating. Drinking water will also improve their breath and aid in the generation of saliva.
Stay away from sandwiches
If there is one food that children like to eat that will absolutely become trapped in between their braces, it is sandwiches. While your child may want to eat them occasionally, there is a good chance your child will become embarrassed by pieces of bread stuck between the brackets.
Carry a pick
We will provide your child with a pick they can use to get food out from in between their brackets. If they carry it with them, your child can use it after consuming food. We highly recommend this as a way to keep food off brackets and off the teeth.
Brush after meals
Carrying a toothbrush with them is also an easy way to prevent your child from getting cavities during their treatment. Ideally, they should brush each time they eat, but at a minimum, they should brush after each meal.
Call a Kid’s Orthodontist
If you have any questions about your child wearing braces or want to get more information about the process in general, we encourage you to call our office and schedule a consultation. Our team is thorough, professional and we are great listeners. We will take the time to answer your questions and help you and your child to feel comfortable about the process of getting braces and maintaining them. We can help your child have the beautiful and healthy smile they have been dreaming of.
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