Home Care for Braces in Del Mar, CA

Home Care for Braces

Congratulations on getting your braces! Remember that taking care of your teeth and appliances is very important for the success of treatment and the health of your teeth.

Brushing with Braces

Food can get caught in hard-to-reach places between the braces and wires, leading to plaque build-up, inflammation of the gums, and cavities. To prevent this from happening, make sure to brush after every meal and floss before bed. We will instruct you on proper brushing and flossing your teeth with braces. You must see your dentist at least every six months for a check-up and cleaning.

Foods to avoid

What you eat is important to prevent caries during treatment and avoid breaking brackets or damaging your appliances. We recommend that you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables (make sure to cut them into smaller pieces or slices) and avoid any sticky, chewy, or hard foods (popcorn, nuts, pizza crust, hard cookies or candies, etc.)


You might experience general soreness of your teeth after getting your braces; this is normal and can last for the first 2-4 days. If needed, take whatever you normally take for headaches or similar pain. Other mouth areas like your lips, cheeks, or tongue may also become irritated with the new braces. Place some orthodontic wax on the braces in the irritated areas to minimize the discomfort.

Loosening of the Teeth: You can expect this to happen throughout treatment. Teeth must first loosen a little so that they can be moved. Don’t worry! They will firm up in their new position after treatment.

Broken bracket, wire, or appliance

Occasionally, a wire, bracket, or band may come loose. If that happens, please get in touch with our office so that we can repair it. In the meantime, if it’s irritating your mouth, place some wax in the area or gently try to move the wire back into place. Please bring any loose or broken pieces to the office with you.

Athletics & Braces

Be sure to let us know if you play any sports. We will provide you with special precautions and mouth guard recommendations.