Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road
3040 SW 27th Avenue, Suite 101, Ocala, FL 34471

Braces and You – Maintaining a Healthy Smile

Caring for Braces

Orthodontic treatment is one of those things where temporary inconvenience can lead to a lifetime of great results. If you are in the process of getting braces or expect to be at some time in the near future, you are probably anticipating the thrill of flashing your newly perfected smile. The key to ensuring that your teeth wind up not merely straight, but also healthy involves following some basic advice about proper dental care while you are wearing braces.

When wearing braces, you have to spend a little more time and effort on your dental care than usual. The wires and brackets in your new braces can trap food debris and plaque that lead to bacteria, tooth decay, and bad breath. You must brush and floss thoroughly every day, pay attention to what you eat, and see your team of family orthodontics experts regularly.

You should limit your consumption of acidic foods and beverages that can damage your tooth enamel. While certain acidic foods may be nutritious, they are not the best choices while you are wearing braces. Instead of apples, oranges, or peaches, snack on melon or bananas. Rather than fruit juice, drink milk or water. Limit starchy foods such as potatoes, which stick to the teeth for long periods, during which bacteria can develop.

You should also be aware of the texture and hardness of foods when choosing what to eat. Tough meats, nuts, hard breads, and raw carrots can damage your braces, and chewy, sticky items including caramel and fruit leathers should be avoided. If your braces get damaged, repairs will be cause inconvenience, expense, and delays in completing your orthodontic treatment.

Proper home dental care is essential while wearing braces. Brushing and flossing your teeth, as well as every part of your braces is vital. Specialized brushes and other tools are available to make the process easier.

Diligent dental care, taking care avoid damage to the orthodontics, and regular visits to your orthodontist for the necessary adjustments will ensure that you get the results you desire from your braces.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Ocala, call Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road today at (352) 433-4934 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Ocala. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road. 

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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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