Caring for Your Braces

 

GENERAL SORENESS: There might be a general soreness due to the braces and wires doing their job. If pain is severe, take a non-aspirin pain reliever or whatever you normally take for similar pain. It would be helpful to stick with a softer diet for the first few days of treatment (i.e. pasta, soup, stew, eggs, etc.) Soreness should diminish by the third or fourth day.

LOOSENING OF TEETH: This is to be expected throughout treatment. The teeth must first loosen so they can be moved. The teeth will again be fixed in their new positions.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE DIET ALTERATIONS WITH FIXED BRACES TO AVOID DAMAGING THE DENTAL CEMENTS, ORTHODONTIC WIRES AND THE BRACES AND BANDS THEMSELVES. EVERY TIME THERE IS DAMAGE, THERE IS A RISK OD PROLONGING PROJECTED TREATMENT TIME AND INCREASING DISCOMFORT.

DIET CONSIDERATIONS:

FOODS TO AVOID : Sticky candy loosens up (over time) and sticks to your braces, leaving sugars, which can cause cavities.

  • Chewing gum (of ANY KIND)
  • Sticky candy (i.e. Snickers, Starbursts, Skittles, Caramel, Fruit roll-ups, etc)
  • Hard bread/Pizza crust/Soft Pretzel

FOODS TO EAT DIFFERENTLY: Raw fruits and vegetables are healthy snacks, but you need to eat them carefully. Please cut them up and place them toward the back teeth (i.e. apples need to be cut into slices or wedges)

  • Peaches need to be cut from the pit.
  • Spare ribs, pork chops, and chicken should be removed from the bone.
  • Corn on the cob needs to be cut away from the cob.

FOODS TO ENJOY BUT LIMIT: There are many soft safe snack foods that you can enjoy with your braces as long as you brush well afterwards because these foods are high in sugars and starches and can cause cavities.

  • Soft cookies
  • Soft fruit
  • Pudding
  • Regular potato chips
  • Yogurt
  • Thin pretzel sticks
  • Ice Cream
  • Jell-O

PROPER ORAL HYGIENE: Proper brushing and flossing are necessary for good general dental health. With fixed braces, brushing and flossing is a bit  more tedious. Besides brushing with a conventional toothbrush or electric toothbrush (at least two times per day), it is necessary to make use of an Interdental brush (specialized thin brush to clean between teeth and braces) and Superfloss or Floss Threaders (specialized dental floss for use with braces or bridges). Improper oral hygiene may result in generalized gum infection, permanent light or dark stains on the teeth, or full cavities on teeth (front and back).

ROUTINE DENTAL CHECK-UPS AND CLEANINGS: It is important to keep up with your routine dental check-ups and cleanings (at least two times per year) during the course of your Orthodontic treatment.

ORTHODONTIC EMERGENCIES: Please call the office at 201-727-0988 if a question or concern should arise.