Caring For Your Braces

Congratulations on beginning your journey towards your new smile! Over the first few days after you have your braces put on, you may be a little uncomfortable. You may take Tylenol as directed for comfort. You may also find you produce a little more saliva than normal. We suggest enjoying soft foods if you are experiencing sensitivity - soup, yogurt, scrambled eggs, pasta, and mashed potatoes are all good choices.

Young girl cleaning her bracesWhile your teeth are being realigned, you need to be extra vigilant in taking care of your teeth and protecting your braces. The multiple parts of your braces, the brackets, elastics, and wires, can trap food. Also, your teeth are at more risk for cavities. At New England Orthodontic Specialists, we want your treatment to be as fast and enjoyable as possible. Reducing breakage and taking care of your teeth will help you get the results want as quickly as possible.

1. Avoid any sticky or hard foods and drinks with a lot of sugar

Sticky foods to avoid

•  caramels
•  gum
•  Skittles
•  Starburst
•  Tootsie Rolls
•  gummy bears

Hard foods to avoid

•  popcorn
•  pizza crust
•  bagels
•  ice cubes
•  corn on the cob
•  whole apples

Drinks to avoid

•  soda
•  Gatorade
Read more about foods to avoid.

2. Brush and Floss!!

Basic oral hygiene involves brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, using fluoride toothpaste and flossing. This is always important, but especially when wearing braces. We recommend using an electric toothbrush to clean around your brackets or Invisalign attachments.

Before brushing your teeth, it is most important to remove the elastics. You would not be able to brush your teeth properly with the elastics on. Then, brush your teeth as you usually would using a circular motion, maintaining the 45 degrees of the toothbrush from the gumline. Brush both inside and outside teeth surfaces. When brushing the braces, make sure you are doing so firmly to reach all the food particles around the brackets or wires. Make sure all the debris is removed.

Woman flossing with bracesFlossing once a day is necessary. However, it can be tricky. We will make sure you are comfortable flossing with your braces before you leave the office.

Anytime you would like to review proper brushing or flossing with braces, our staff would be more than happy to show you. We love your teeth too!
Read more about oral hygiene with braces.

3. You might be sore...

You may experience mild discomfort or sensitivity after your appointments. This is normal and temporary. You may find that Tylenol or Motrin as directed may help. If you develop any sores on your lips or cheeks, using dental wax may help. Wax around brackets and wires will help with any discomfort. Dry the area well before applying the wax to help it adhere.

4. What if you break a bracket?

If you happen to break a bracket or have a wire that is poking you, please call our office during regular business hours. Wax is helpful to ease any discomfort until we can see you. There is no need to panic... breaking a bracket will not affect the length of your treatment if addressed within a few days.

5. Sports and braces

We don’t want normal life to be affected by wearing braces. Anybody wearing braces can play sports if they take the proper precautions. Regardless of what sport you are playing, please inform us about your activities so we can help you protect your teeth.

Caring for your braces will require extra work, but the results will be worth your time and investment. Visit us at New England Orthodontic Specialists or call (978) 922-3462 for more information about protecting your braces.


497 Cabot St
Beverly, MA 01915-2537


15 Main St.
Topsfield, MA 01983

Call Us:

(978) 922-3462

Office Hours:

Mon - 8:00 - 5:00
Tues - Closed
Wed - 8:00 - 5:00
Thurs - 8:00 - 5:00
Fri - 8:00 - 4:00