Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater
3690 East Bay Drive, Suite K, Largo, FL 33771

Tips for Caring for Orthodontic Appliances

Caring for Braces

The joy of braces for kids. Orthodontics are a true-character building experience from the days of youth for many people—months or years of clinking metal, popping rubber bands, and tightening of braces, all in the name of a straight, shiny beautiful smile. And looking back, most people would agree that it was worth it.

If you are in the midst of orthodontics—braces, wires, springs, rubber bands—you know about the diligent effort necessary to keep your teeth and gums clean. Braces can easily harbor bacteria as bits of food become lodged in between the teeth and apparatus. Family orthodontics experts recommend that people with orthodontics brush their teeth after every meal and rinse thoroughly to remove debris from hard-to-reach places.

What If a Bracket or Wire Breaks?

Here are some tips for dealing with common problems until you are able to see your orthodontist:

  • Broken or protruding wire. Use the eraser on a pencil to gently move the wire to reduce discomfort. Apply orthodontic wax to prevent the wire from rubbing in your mouth. Do not cut the wire because you could accidentally swallow it or inhale it into your lungs. Schedule an appointment with your orthodontist.
  • Loose brackets. Use orthodontic wax to temporarily reattach a loose bracket or to cushion the area between the bracket and the sensitive tissues in your mouth.
  • Loose spacers. Have spacers repositioned or replaced if they fall out or slip.
  • Loose bands. Save the band and visit your orthodontist for repair.

Brushing with Braces

Use a regular soft toothbrush, brushing down from the top, then up from the bottom on each tooth. After that, brush your teeth with a special Proxabrush, designed to clean between two braces. Insert the brush down from the top and then up from the bottom between two braces. Make several strokes in both directions before moving to the next space. Repeat until all spaces are clean.

Flossing with Braces

Feed the short end of the floss through the space between the upper part of the tooth closest to the gum and the main arch wire. Gently work the floss between the two teeth using a gentle back-and-forth motion. Be careful that you don’t disturb the arch wire.

Caring for Your Retainer

Brush your retainer every time you brush your teeth. Each day—or at least once a week—soak your retainer in a denture cleanser and warm water to disinfect it. Thoroughly rinse the retainer with water before putting it back in your mouth.

Foods to Avoid with Braces

  • Apples, bagels, and other hard, tough-to-bite foods
  • Corn on the cob
  • Raw carrots
  • Caramels, taffy or other chewy foods
  • Nuts
  • Hard pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Chewing gum

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Clearwater, call Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater today at (727) 286-3945 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Clearwater. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater, 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 Clearwater. 

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
The service is great!
Janice Z.
Very good place for dental work. Everyone is very caring.
Juanita G.
Friendly service, great staff.
Brent N.
Staff is very pleasant and friendly. The office is neat and clean. The dental work is performed very well and in a relaxed environment.
Caley C.
Excellent, Professional, and almost painless.
Catherine L.
I had two cavities taken care of and was very pleased with the service, Dr. Ava was very good at what she did and so was her assistant, the no pain […]
Walter D.
Came in for an extraction and everything went great. The procedure was quick and painless. I will definitely be bring long my family here.
Gary G.
You really know what you're doing, from the front office to the doctors. A nice new office too!
David M.
Very friendly and clean, wonderful experience for this Dental Coward
Susan G.
I would likely recommend Advanced Dental Care
Lunique J.
The staff and the hygentist are all very friendly!
Matthew M.
The staff and doctor are wonderful and professional. As much as I am afraid of the needles the doctor has a gentle touch and it makes my work up more […]
Shirley R.
Staff is very nice, especially the Dr.
Paula K.
The entire staff is kind and professional. The office is clean and updated with the latest technology. I highly recommend Clearwater Advanced Dental.
Douglas V.
Friendly service and great staff!
Anays A.
JUst one word.. EXCELLENT !!!!!!
Alfonso D.
Fast and painless fillings. Excellent attitudes.
Mark M.
Great staff and customer care
Patricia D.
Very nice staff and great work done by everyone who works here!
Nicholas K.
Everyone is friendly and seem to genuinely care
Barbara E.
Friendly and very little waiting time.
Juan B.
As always the ladies are a treat to deal with.My appointment was at 3:00 and I was in by 3:02. Asia made me feel welcome and it felt like I was just […]
Michael T.
It was GREAT!!!!!!
Barbara G.
Thank you for being so helpful.
Jason H.
Very helpful and friendly staff.
Gregory C.
Outstanding dental care performed by Irene.
Dan H.
Dr. Ivanova is very caring and professional. I would recommend her.
Jacqueline C.
They were very professional any helped me with a great payment plan
Janice N.
Excellent care, as always! :-)
Laci H.
Dr. Ivanova is so talented and sweet. Her staff is no different! I love being a patient at Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater :-)
Laci H.
They are basically good people and competent industry professionals.
Terry J.
Friendly atmosphere, made me feel welcome & comfortable, when they were running behind the assistant was sincerely apologetic & concerned for my […]
Zaida T.
Everything was very good. Had no issues with anything.
Steve E.
After breaking a tooth I called to get an appointment, the receptionist told me I could come in the next day at 9 am. Upon my arrival I was told that […]
Melanie B.
great experience/love my dentist and the people who work there
Kerrie M.
The staff & Dr. Ivanova are all very friendly but also professional. The office and all the patient areas are spotless and nice and bright. I love […]
Gloria C.
Its a great place. Staff is friendly and I am not waiting forever when there for an appointment
Dirk D.
Best dentist i have ever been to.
Robert M.
Love it!!
Elvir B.
Very professional, minimal waiting time.
Jason B.
My appt was on time and the service was completed in one visit.
Cathy A.
Everyone their and all the procedures far exceeded my expectations . A special thanks to Morgan for taking care of the issues with my insurance , I […]
Thomas Z.
The Dentist and Staff were great and made a painful situation for me less painful. I will definitely go back to them for all my future dental needs.
Kathy S.
Great place, and they do great work and very friendly! I would recommend Advanced Dental Care to everyone!
Eckwood E.
The staff are very courteous. I use the Dental and Orthodontic services. Both give the best care I could ask for.
Renee B.
Went in for an emergency filling that fell out in the front of my mouth. I was able to be seen the same day and it was quality work, even better than […]
David M.
Service was excellent
Floyd B.
Needed a tooth pulled and she pulled my tooth with hardly any discomfort and hurting even after the medicine wore off.
Patsy M.
Great people, great service
Anonymous
Awesome as always...and everyone is so kind
Barbara E.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (727) 286-3945
Our Location