Taking care of your new braces.
As with anything new, your braces will take some time to get used to. One of the first things you’ll notice is that brushing your teeth isn’t quite as simple as it used to be! Taking proper care of your braces and teeth is important to both your overall health and the outcome of your treatment. Here are a few tips to help you take care of your braces.
Take your time brushing and flossing.
Food can easily get stuck in the brackets of your braces or in between your teeth where it’s harder to reach so it’s important to thoroughly brush and floss after every meal to minimize plaque and avoid permanent white marks on the surface of your teeth. Many patients find a Waterpik or similar device helpful in removing hard-to-reach food particles.
Don't skip the Dentist!
Your orthodontic appointments are important but they aren’t a substitute for your regular dental exams. Please continue to see your Dentist for cleanings every 3 to 6 months during treatment to keep your gums and teeth healthy.
Not all foods are “braces-friendly”.
There are a few foods that you should stay away from because they can damage your braces, costing you more money or prolonging your treatment. These are the worst offenders:
- Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, certain chips
- Sticky foods: caramels, gum, sticky candy
- Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apple on the core, whole carrots
- Chewing on hard, non-food objects: pens, pencils, fingernails
Wear your elastics.
Your commitment to the process is essential to its success! Please wear your elastics between your appointments as instructed and remove them only when brushing your teeth and eating. Always carry a few extras with you so if one breaks, you have a spare. Even if they aren’t broken, change them as directed to make sure they are providing the right amount of pressure. And if you run out of elastics before your appointment, just swing by our office. We’ll happily give you some more!
If you are experiencing severe pain, have a loose band, a broken wire or something else you can’t temporarily take care of, please call us to schedule an emergency appointment. Our Orthodontic First Aid section has some useful tips on how to address some common problems at home until you can get in to see us.
- Wear them!
- Take them out when eating and store them in their case until after your meal.
- Clean thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush, toothpaste and warm (not hot) water.
- Always store retainers in their case.
- Practice speaking, reading or singing with your retainers in to get used to them faster.
- Treat them with care. If you break or lose one, call us immediately to get a replacement.
- If your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try and adjust them yourself.
- Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
- Keep away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, napkins and curious pets.
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