Oral Hygiene & Braces Care


Tooth brush icon Interdental Toothbrush

A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the Proxabrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The Proxabrush will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Our orthodontists can help show patients how to properly use this tool to ensure that all braces and appliances are properly cleaned up until removal.

mouthwash Icon Antibacterial Mouthwash

Antibacterial mouth wash, a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse, will reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. Antibacterial mouth wash helps to prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of antibacterial mouth wash (half a capful) for one minute and then spit it out.

You may use antibacterial mouth wash up to four times daily following your schedule for brushing: after meals (or after school) and before bed. Just like using peroxide for a scrape on your skin, antibacterial mouth wash helps the inside of your mouth heal. It can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor temporary injuries to the gums.

Cleaning braces

cleaning retainer

Cleaning Your Removable Appliance

Brush your removable orthodontic appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Since food particles and plaque can accumulate on an appliance just as they do on your teeth, it is important to soak the appliance daily. Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other denture-cleaning tablets in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak your appliance once every day. Your orthodontic appliance will taste better and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.

In most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods, and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil, and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided. If your child needs help using or keeping their appliance clean, contact our Tamarac pediatric orthodontist or Plantation pediatric orthodontist location for assistance.

Eating with Braces

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

  • Popcorn
  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard Taco Shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

  • Soda
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar
  • Candy
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Emergency Orthodontic Care

It’s important to regularly check your braces for any loose or broken parts. In the event of a damaged wire or bracket, call our office to schedule an appointment for repair. Our Plantation orthodontist and Tamarac orthodontist services include a wide range of custom treatments to keep our patients smiling every day!