Keeping Your Braces Clean (While You’re at School)


Is your student about to head back to school? In braces? Here are some important tips to help them minimize bad breath, food stuck between brackets, and keep their smile healthy while they’re away from home.

Pack an Oral Care Kit

With more kids in braces, it’s not as “weird” to brush your teeth at school anymore. Pack a small zip-up bag with a travel sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and proxy-brush. Make it a point to go to the restroom ASAP after lunch to clean away food debris around your braces. If you get desperate, you can brush with a dry toothbrush and proxy-brush at your locker. Just bring them home each day to rinse them clean.


Surviving Halloween With Braces


Halloween CandyIt’s Halloween! All you want to do is enjoy a scary movie, visit a good haunted house, and eat some CANDY!  However, when you’re in braces, the effects candy can have on your teeth are as frightening as being crossed by a black cat on Halloween.

Yes, you can still participate in trick or treating, and you can still relish in a good sugar high – BUT – we urge you to please take some precautions.

  • Avoid sticky and gooey candy that smothers your braces and is impossible to remove.
  • Hard candy is okay to suck on, but it should not be chewed. Brackets can pop off easily, leading to an orthodontic emergency.
  • Chocolate is the best type of candy to eat during Halloween. So, if you’re a fan of chocolate then you’re in luck. Go ahead and enjoy yourself!


Best Oral Hygiene Tools for Orthodontic Patients


Marietta GA OrthodontistsOne of the most important things we tell our Marietta orthodontic patients, is that it’s essential to keep your teeth clean each day. Cleaning around your brackets will prevent unwanted cavities and unsightly “white circles” on your teeth after your braces are removed.

With so many areas to clean around, you might want to try some of these oral hygiene aids to make the process easier: (more…)

Why Your Braces Require Diet Changes

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Pediatric OrthodonticsWhen you first get your set of braces, you’ll get lots of new instructions for taking care of them. It can seem a bit overwhelming and maybe even annoying, at first! Here at East Cobb Orthodontics, we understand how it can feel. But we can’t stress enough, just how important it is to take special care of your braces!

In this post, we’re going to review why avoiding certain foods is very important to making a success of your orthodontic treatment.

Keeping Your Smile Healthy While You Wear Braces

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Marietta GA OrthodontistsWhen wearing orthodontic braces, you need to make a real effort to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It takes extra care to clean around the wires and brackets of the braces.

What are some tips on keeping your teeth and gums healthy with braces?

  • Watch your diet – Avoid sugary drinks and foods that can get stuck between your teeth and underneath the wires. These sugary foods and drinks are harmful because the sugars combine with germs in your mouth and if left alone, can irritate your gums and cause cavities.
  • Get regular dental checkups and cleanings – You should go regularly to your dentist for exams and to get professional teeth cleanings to help make sure you can prevent, find and treat cavities or gum disease before the problems get worse. You should also get fluoride treatments at your dental visits on a regular basis to help strengthen your teeth, especially around the brackets and bands of your braces.
  • Keep your teeth clean at home – Use a soft toothbrush (even better with an electric toothbrush) and dental floss with floss threaders to help floss around and underneath your braces daily. This will help to fight cavities between your teeth and on the surfaces around the brackets.
  • Don’t forget about your gums – Flossing not only prevents cavities between your teeth but it helps to fight gum disease by helping to remove germs that cause gum disease, especially with braces.

Are you considering braces? Are you concerned about keeping your teeth and gums healthy while wearing braces? Call us at East Cobb Orthodontics to schedule a consultation! We are here for you to answer your questions and concerns.

Post on behalf of Dr. John Iaculli, East Cobb Orthodontics
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