Good oral hygiene and adherence to your orthodontist’s recommendations are key to a healthy and beautiful smile. By following these tips, you can ensure that your braces and dental retainer remain clean, functional, and effective in maintaining the alignment of your teeth.

Tips on Caring for Your Braces

  • Maintain a Proper Oral Hygiene Routine

Brush your teeth thoroughly after every meal using a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss between your teeth and around your braces daily to build good oral hygiene habits and remove any food particles or plaque.

  • Use Orthodontic-Specific Tools

Utilize interdental brushes, floss threaders, or water flossers designed for braces to clean hard-to-reach areas around brackets and wires.

  • Watch Your Diet

Avoid sticky, chewy, or hard foods that can damage your braces, such as chewing gum, popcorn, hard candies, and ice. Cut tough or crunchy foods into smaller, bite-sized pieces to minimize strain on your braces.

  • Wear a Mouthguard During Sports

If you participate in contact sports or activities with the potential for mouth injuries, wear a mouthguard to protect your braces, teeth, and soft tissues.

  • Attend Regular Orthodontic Check-ups

Schedule and attend routine appointments with your orthodontist for adjustments and progress evaluations. This ensures your traditional braces are functioning properly and helps achieve desired results.

  • Follow Orthodontist’s Instructions

Adhere to all your orthodontist’s instructions, including wearing rubber bands, using appliances, or adjusting your braces as instructed. If you have questions or concerns during the process, contact your orthodontist for further instructions.

Tips on Caring for Your Retainer

  • Clean Your Retainer Daily

Brush your retainer with a soft-bristle toothbrush and mild soap or non-abrasive toothpaste. Rinse it thoroughly with lukewarm water before placing it back in your mouth.

  • Remove Before Eating or Drinking

Take out your retainer before eating or drinking anything besides plain water to prevent staining and damage. Store it safely in its case during meals or snacks.

  • Handle with Care

Handle your retainer gently to avoid bending or damaging the wires or plastic. Hold it by the base rather than pulling or bending the wires.

  • Avoid Hot Water

Do not use hot water to clean or soak your retainer, as it can warp or damage the plastic.

  • Attend Follow-up Appointments

Regularly visit your orthodontist for retainer check-ups and adjustments. Follow their recommended schedule for wearing the retainer to maintain the alignment of your teeth.

  • Notify Your Orthodontist of Any Issues

If you notice any discomfort, damage, or changes in the fit of your retainer, contact your orthodontist immediately for guidance and assistance.

Orthodontics in Mcallen, TX

Schedule an appointment today or contact us at Senan Orthodontic Studios in Mcallen, TX, if you want to learn more about proper treatment for your braces or retainer. If you have further questions or want to speak with an orthodontist, contact us, and Dr. Senan is happy to answer your questions or concerns.

Dr. Senan K. Ziadeh


ABO Diplomate

Dr. Senan Ziadeh, a board-certified orthodontist, brings over two decades of experience to his practice, Senan Orthodontic Studios, in McAllen, Texas. His illustrious career spans three continents, where he acquired a vast array of post-doctoral degrees, including a Doctorate of Science in Dentistry (DScD) and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Orthodontics (CAGS), culminating in his recognition as a Diplomate by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Alongside his professional accomplishments, Dr. Ziadeh is a dedicated family man, enjoying diverse activities from traveling to music.

Dr. Senan K. Ziadeh BDS DDS MScD DScD CAGS Ortho ABO Diplomate