Advanced Dental Care of Bradenton
109 44th Avenue East, Suite 200, Bradenton, FL 34203

Keeping Your Braces and Retainers in Top Shape

Caring for Braces

Retainers and braces for kids are almost a dental rite of passage these days, and if you have worn them, you know how easily they can attract small pieces of food and plaque. One of the most important keys to keeping braces and retainers in good shape is regular brushing after meals and snacks. By following a few other simple dental care steps, you can have a healthy mouth and the cleanest braces around.

Routine flossing is a habit that should not be discontinued because you have braces. By adjusting your technique a bit, you will still reap the benefits of flossing. Just thread the shorter end of your floss through the gap between the primary arch wire of your braces and the upper part of the tooth, nearest the gum line. Gently work the floss between the teeth, taking care not to use excessive force against the arch wire. Brushing can be done in the usual way, although you may want to also use a Proxabrush in order to do the best possible job in between braces.

While you can eat just about any food you like while wearing braces provided it is cut into manageable pieces, there are some things you need to avoid because of their potential to damage your braces. Caramels and taffy products, popcorn, chewing gum, apples, hard bread, and corn on the cob are a few such items. You should also make sure never to crunch ice, as it can loosen, bend, or break your braces.

Retainers, like braces, also require special attention to keep them as clean as possible. Every time you brush your teeth, also brush your retainer. Frequently—even daily—soak the retainer in a denture cleanser to thoroughly disinfect it. It should always be rinsed with fresh water before it is placed in your mouth.

If you play sports, invest in a mouth guard specifically designed to work with braces. Failing to properly care for your braces can lead to problems such as loose bands, loose brackets, protruding or broken wires, and loose spacers, which will require repair by your orthodontist. Fortunately, with diligence and the right dental care, braces for kids will not be a terribly inconvenient or difficult experience.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Bradenton, call Advanced Dental Care of Bradenton today at (941) 357-1292 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Bradenton. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Bradenton, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Bradenton. 

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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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