The Parent’s Guide to Braces

Braces are a lifetime investment in the health and happiness of your child. And with typical treatment costs in the thousands of dollars and the requisite two-year or more commitment, it’s not an investment you want to take lightly.


Teaching proper oral care is important for kids wearing braces, but you can’t do that unless you educate yourself first.


To help you do just that, here is a list of do’s and don’ts your kids should adhere to while wearing braces:


Don’t: Bite your nails, pencils or other hard objects that can cause your braces to break or be damaged.

Don’t: Eat hard or sticky foods that can damage your teeth and braces such as: ice, nuts, jolly ranchers, pizza crusts, gum, licorice, caramels, etc.

Don’t: Consume a lot of sugary foods and beverages that can lead to tooth decay such as cake, candy, ice cream, cookies, and soda.

Don’t: Miss an orthodontic appointment. Missing your appointment means that your treatment will be delayed and you will have to wear your braces for longer.


Do: Check regularly for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose or broken wire or bracket, it is important to make an appointment for repair as soon as possible.

Do: Wear your braces as prescribed, including your rubber bands, headgear, retainer, etc. Patient cooperation is a big part of successful orthodontic treatment.

Do: Wear mouthguards when playing sports to prevent damage to your teeth and braces.

Do: Brush and floss your teeth thoroughly after eating anything and throughout the day.

Do: Gargle lukewarm saltwater or take a non-aspirin pain reliever to alleviate sore teeth after an adjustment.

Do: Visit the orthodontist’s office about every four to six weeks during treatment, since braces change the position of teeth very quickly and will need to be adjusted.

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