For adolescents who have to wear braces, there is an adjustment to life; however, if they heed these suggestions, it will make wearing them much easier. At Planet Dental, Dr. Labbe, Dr. Staat, and associates can talk to you about all the necessary information you need to know about life with braces in Laredo, Texas. Please contact our dentists at 956-242-4245 and let a member of our team help you!

What Not to Eat:

  • Hard, crunchy foods like nuts, popcorn, and hard candy.
  • Sticky foods, as they can cause wire damage and loosen the brackets.
  • Reduce your intake of foods high in sugar. Braces can make it difficult to properly brush your teeth, and since too much sugar generates plaque, this can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Proper Hygiene:
Maintaining good oral hygiene is especially vital, as you do not want your braces investment to go to waste. It is crucial that you brush and floss on a regular basis. Failure to do so can lead to increased plaque buildup. When plaque builds up around the wires, it can cause unsightly spotting on your teeth, and these spots are often permanent. To avoid this, aim to brush after every meal and floss at least once a day.

Athlete Advice:
If you are an athlete with braces, you can still play sports. However, while going through orthodontic treatment, you must take certain precautions when playing contact-sports such as football or basketball. In order to better protect your braces and your teeth, our dentists recommend that you use a mouth guard. A mouth guard is a great way to prevent broken brackets, bent wires, and cut lips.