Braces 101

Braces in Pensacola, Milton, Pace, Cantonment, Gulf Breeze, & Navarre

Everyone wants to have a pretty smile that they can show off without shame. Unfortunately, not everyone is born with straight pearly whites. Metal braces have been used for decades to straighten crooked teeth and close unsightly gaps. If you are a teen or adult planning to get braces, you'll find the following information to be helpful.

The Components of Braces

Your braces have a couple of components that allow them to work their magic. It's made up of brackets, wire and special ties that are made of either metal or rubber (these can be colored if you prefer). The brackets are glued onto your teeth and then the wire is placed through them to help with the alignment of your teeth. Then the ties hold the brackets in place. 

Caring for Your Teeth with Braces

The same oral health habits you've had before can be applied to your new set of braces. You'll still need to brush after meals and floss your teeth. However, when flossing, make sure to go behind the wires and brackets to ensure there's no food stuck back there. When brushing, it will be extra important to angle your toothbrush to properly clean around brackets and under the arch wire.
You can use either an electric toothbrush or a soft bristle manual toothbrush. For children, there's a fluoride mouth rinse that can be used as well. It's important to continue your dental checkups and cleanings throughout your treatment.

What You're Allowed to Eat

It's encouraged that you continue eating fruits and veggies and refrain as much as possible from sugary foods and drinks, like sodas, sports drinks and energy drinks. You should also stay away from chewy candies like laffy taffy, caramels and gum.
Hard candies and nuts should also be avoided, as should pork skins, tortilla chips and popcorn. Chew with your back teeth as much as possible, since they don't have any brackets. 

Emergencies

If your brackets come loose or the ties come off, sometimes you can wait until your next dental visit to have them replaced, but we would still encourage you to call and notify our office.
If the wire is hurting the back of your mouth, you can cut it using a small wire cutter. If a wire comes loose, you can try reinserting it yourself. An eraser can be used to push back in brackets that have come loose.

Contact us online or call (850) 478-8844 to learn about braces in Pensacola, Milton, Pace, Cantonment, Gulf Breeze, or Navarre.