Braces Maintenance: Your Guide to a Flawless Smile

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So, you’ve decided to embark on the exciting journey towards a straight and dazzling smile with braces! But with that excitement comes a new responsibility: braces maintenance.

This article will serve as your ultimate guide to braces maintenance, outlining do’s and don’ts and helpful tips for caring for your braces properly.

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Do's and Don'ts of Braces Maintenance

Just like any high-performance equipment, your braces demand a little care to ensure they work effectively and deliver your dream smile smoothly.


  • Brush your teeth thoroughly after every meal and floss at least once a day. To remove food and plaque that can get trapped around your braces and teeth, preventing cavities and gum disease.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. This combination gently cleans your teeth and braces without causing any damage.
  • Schedule regular appointments with your dentist. These appointments allow your dentist to check your braces, adjust them if necessary, and monitor your progress.
  • Use dental tools like interdental brushes or floss threaders to clean between your teeth and under your wires.


  • Eat hard, sticky, or chewy foods. These foods can damage your braces or bend the wires, potentially prolonging your treatment time.
  • Bite on hard objects like ice, fingernails, or pens. This can damage your braces and even injure your teeth or gums.
  • Forget to wear your retainer after your braces are removed. Retainers help maintain your new smile and prevent your teeth from shifting back into their original positions.
  • Skip brushing or flossing. Consistent oral hygiene is crucial for maintaining overall oral health and preventing potential complications during your treatment.

Caring for Your Braces

Maintaining your braces goes beyond brushing and flossing. Here are some additional tips:

  • Rinse your mouth with water after eating snacks or sugary beverages.
  • Use lukewarm water to soak your retainer for a few minutes each day.
  • Carry a braces care kit with you at all times. This kit should include a travel toothbrush, floss, orthodontic wax, and a case for your retainer.

Remember: Consistent and proper care of your braces is crucial for achieving the best results and maintaining a healthy smile throughout your treatment.

Financing Your Smile Journey

Here at Somos Dental, we understand that cost can be a concern for many individuals considering braces. We offer flexible payment options, also a big discount when prepaying for your braces.

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You’re welcome to contact us at 623-869-1091 for details or complete our online form to BOOK YOUR FREE CONSULTATION. Start your path toward a stunning smile now.

In our clinic in Mesa, Arizona, we always advise our patients to ask any questions they may have about braces maintenance or their individual treatment plan.

Our friendly and experienced bilingual team is here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring a successful and comfortable braces experience.

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