How to Care for Your Braces

Orthodontic care — specifically braces — solves a host of problems, including crowded or crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, and bite problems. The exciting thing is that braces treatment options are more diverse than ever before. 

Dr. Mehdy Rad, Dr. David Rad, Dr. Carmine Petrarca, and the whole RAD Orthodontics team are dedicated to evaluating your situation, whether you're a child, teen, or an adult, explaining your treatment options, and helping you decide what route is best for you.

No matter what type of braces you opt for, they all require special care, and you need to be consistent. We walk you through your care routine and are available anytime to answer your questions. As we treat you, you’ll see why we placed on the Top 20 Dentist list in Bethesda Magazine!

Your care routine depends on which type of braces you have

Our braces treatment options include:

1. Metal braces employ brackets and archwires to shift your teeth; small elastics connect the brackets to the archwires.

2. InvisalignⓇ braces are transparent plastic aligners — one aligner tray for the bottom of your mouth and one for the top.

3. Self-ligating braces have brackets that are joined to the archwire directly and have no tiny rubber bands, like traditional braces.

4. Incognito™ hidden braces are placed on the backsides of your teeth so they can’t be seen.

5. EmpowerⓇ Clear braces are ceramic, have no elastics, and clips are used to connect the wires. 

Your braces do most of the work in correcting your smile imperfections, but you have an important part to play in the success of your treatment, and it’s all about practicing great oral hygiene.

How do you care for braces properly?

Each type of braces requires slightly different maintenance. The chief goal, no matter which type you have, is keeping them free of food debris that leads to tooth decay. 

If you take exemplary care of your braces, the chances of losing or breaking pieces and needing replacement and repair are reduced. 

We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to care for every type of braces:

No matter what type of braces you wear, it’s important to protect them and your teeth from blows if you play sports. Always remember to wear a mouthguard to prevent injury to you and damage to your braces.

Arm yourself with the right tools too. When you care for your braces, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride.

Finally, don’t skip visits to your visits here for regular check-ups, adjustments, and maintenance!

We’re here for you

The RAD Orthodontics team is always available to help, in person or virtually, if you have questions or concerns. Contact us at the office that’s most convenient for you or reach out to us on our website

Also, if you come for an in-person visit, we’re practicing COVID-19 safety protocols and screenings to ensure your safety. 

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