Now That You Have Braces

It’s more important than ever to take good care of your teeth now that you have braces. After all, didn’t you get braces to make your teeth as healthy and good-looking as possible? Without the proper care, you could be left with white spots on your teeth when your braces are removed. 1 2

Orthodontic appliances, like braces, can attract food which can cause plaque to grow. Without proper care this plaque can actually stain your teeth. To keep your teeth in tip top shape, try to brush after every meal or snack with fluoride toothpaste. Using floss or an inter-proximal brush can help you remove any food that may be stuck in your braces. Completing your routine by rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash can help reach places in the mouth that a toothbrush can’t reach. Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash like ACT® Braces Care™ Mouthwash can also help prevent white spots and cavities, plus freshen your breath.

Wearing braces does not mean you have to give up all the foods you love. You can still have most foods, although you may want to cut them into smaller pieces that can be easily chewed. However, use common sense and avoid foods that may be too tough on your braces. Here’s a list of foods you may want to avoid until your braces come off:

  • Hard or tough-to-bite foods, such as apples or bagels
  • Chewy foods, such as taffy, caramels or bubblegum
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard pretzels, popcorn, nuts, and carrots

ACT® Braces Care

ACT® Braces Care™ is specially-formulated to meet the needs of those with braces. Its unique multi-action formula helps prevent white spots and cavities, soothes oral tissue, and freshens breath. Using ACT® Braces Care™ will help keep your teeth clean and healthy.

Did You Know?


  • 84% of orthodontic patients may develop white spots 3
  • White spots can occur within 1 month of getting your braces 4
  • When brushing with a fluoride toothpaste alone, up to 15% demineralization of the enamel can occur in just 1 month 5

ACT® Braces Care

How your teeth look after your braces are removed has a lot to do with how well you cared for them while wearing braces. Improper oral hygiene while wearing braces can lead to discoloration from tartar build up and can even cause unsightly white spots. Remember to brush twice each day, floss, and use a fluoride rinse like ACT® Braces Care™ to help your teeth look their best when it’s time for the braces to come off. But don’t stop there – continuing proper oral care after your braces are removed is also essential to keeping your smile healthy and beautiful.