4 Important Tips for Dental Patients with Braces

It isn’t just teenagers who wear braces anymore. With the advent of clear braces, even some Baby Boomers are opting for straighter teeth. Family and cosmetic dentist Dr. E. Scott Saltzman, coordinates with Triangle-area orthodontists to make sure his patients get the best possible dental care.

Orthodontists direct the straightening procedure while Dr. Saltzman and his staff keep teeth clean and cavity-free. Patients with braces have unique needs that make regular dental visits vital to the positive outcome of the orthodontic work.

Dr. Saltzman recommends patients adhere to the following four important practices to get the best possible results from Orthodontia:

  • Keep appointments: Both orthodontic and dental appointments need to stay on schedule. This is even more important with braces in place. Brackets and wires make it more challenging for at-home cleaning. A professional hygienist has the tools to eliminate any plaque that collects in difficult-to-clean areas.
  • Expand at-home care: Brushing and flossing twice a day should continue during orthodontic treatment, but this is a good time to improve the at-home dental tool kit. Electric toothbrushes can be helpful in cleaning around brackets and wire. A water flosser adds another level of hygiene than helps both teeth and gums stay healthy.
  • Be vigilant about food and drink: Gum, popcorn, sticky candy and sugary drinks are all forbidden for those with braces. They can break wires, dislodge brackets, and leave behind residue that feeds bacteria in the mouth, causing plaque.
  • Don’t chew pencils: In fact, don’t chew anything that isn’t food, including pen caps, fingernails or anything else that isn’t meant to be swallowed. Although brackets are affixed with strong adhesive, chewing on hard objects can misalignment. 

Don’t hesitate to call of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for any of your dental needs. Our friendly and professional staff will be happy to help schedule a convenient appointment for you. 

It is important to note that our team and our office follow the CDC Guidelines in everything we do. Stop by our website to see why we are one of the safest dental offices in North Carolina. 


This informative post about dental health and cosmetic treatments is brought to you by Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC. Please call us for an appointment today.


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Cary, NC 27513

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The material contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.

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