Taking Care of Your Braces

During the time that braces are on, it’s important to protect the mouth. For the first few days after getting braces, the teeth may be tender. Don’t worry, this is a normal part of the treatment process and the discomfort will dubside soon!

During your braces treatment, there are foods that you will want to avoid to ensure your braces remain intact. Foods to avoid with braces include; chewy foods like bagels, licorice, and hard rolls; cruncy foods like popcorn, ice and chips; sticky foods like carmels and gum; hard foods like nuts and candy; foods you have to bite into like corn on the cob, apples and carrots.

Now, let’s talk about brushing. With braces it’s important to brush twice a day for two minutes each time. Why? We want to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment to match your new smile!

Throughout treatment you may notice that your mouth feels sore, this is normal! Your mouth is working hard to move the teeth, the soreness is a sign they’re moving! This can relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash or aspirin.

Care of Appliances

To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the appliances or rubber bands as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.

Retainer Instructions

After treatment is complete, you will be provided with retainers to ensure your teeth remain in place. When wearing your reatiners full time, take out retainers when eating. Don’t forget to put them in their case! We often see most appliances lost in school lunchrooms! Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush, toothpaste and warm water.

If your retainer becomes lost or broken, give us a call so we can help replace or repair them! Even after treatment is completed, we are only a phone call away and here to answer any questions or concerns you have! With proper care, your retainers will last for years!

Athletics

Don’t worry, braces won’t slow you down! However, we do recommend that you wear a mouthguard when involved in any sport! If you do have an accident to your face, check in on your mouth and applianced. If you notice anything that is off, give us a call and we’ll schedule an appointment to check in on your braces!

Loose Wire or Band?

Have you noticed a loose wire or band? Or worriese, sometimes that happens! If the wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument and carefully push the wire under the archwire. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to your next appointment!

Emergency Care

Noticing something off and not sure what do to? Please give us a call for any help. Don’t worry if you’re not sure of the exact names, we’ll help you figure out what’s going on!

Handling Emergencies

Rubbing Appliance of Retainer

File the part of the appliance that is irritating you with a nail file

Poking Wire or Bracket

Roll a piece of orthodontic wax into a ball and press it onto the part of the brackets or wire that’s poking you.

Broken Wire

Press the tip of the wire that’s poking you towards your teeth with a pencil eraser.

Small Irritation

Place wax over the rough area of your braces.

Bracket(s) Loose

When brackets come loose it does ot affec the progress of your treatment (unless more than three come off or are loose). If there is no discomfort, don’t worry about making an emergency appointment! We’ll reattach them at your next appointment.