Dental One Associates of Cross Keys
2 Village Square, Suite 250, Baltimore, MD 21210

Making the Most of Life with Braces

Caring for Braces

Braces are a great way to get a truly beautiful smile. What is even better is that the treatment period for wearing braces is typically not too long. However, braces do require a certain amount of specialized dental care to produce fantastic results. The following information can help you continue the lifestyle you love while wearing your braces.

For the first few days of wearing your new braces, you may experience soreness of your teeth and mouth, and biting into foods may also be uncomfortable. To alleviate any discomfort, use warm salt water to rinse your mouth when needed. For more stubborn pain, you can take the over-the-counter pain reliever you prefer. If you have soreness or irritation in your cheeks, lips, or tongue from contact with the braces, you can use the wax your team of family orthodontics experts provided to help ease the pain.

If one of your wires becomes loose and irritates your mouth, get a blunt tool and gently push the wire back into place. Use wax to prevent further injury to the inside of your mouth and visit your orthodontist so your braces can be checked for damage.

When they first get braces, many people wonder what foods they can—and cannot—eat during their treatment period. For several days, eat mainly soft foods while you adjust to your braces, steering clear of tough meat, hard bread, chewy candy, nuts, popcorn and crunchy fruits and vegetables. You will be able to resume eating most foods sooner than you think, if you cut things into smaller bites when necessary.

Thorough brushing is extremely important while you wear braces, so be sure to maintain a strict dental care regimen. Braces create nooks and crannies that can trap food and hasten tooth decay or plaque buildup, so brush carefully.

One of the best ways to get the results you want from your braces is taking good care of your orthodontics and protecting them from harm. Remember to wear the headgear, rubber bands, or retainers your orthodontist prescribed. If you play sports, be sure to wear a mouth guard to protect your braces, as well as your mouth and teeth.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Baltimore, call Dental One Associates of Cross Keys today at (443) 863-6394 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Baltimore. With 11 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Cross Keys, 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 Dental One Associates of Cross Keys. 

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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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