Congratulations! Now that you have your braces, it's important for you to know how to properly take care of them throughout your treatment.
Eating With Braces
Stay away from anything hard, sticky, chewy, or crunchy. These may include ice, nuts, hard crusts, suckers, Jolly Ranchers, and Taffies; etc. Use your best judgment.
What to Expect
. When you first get your braces, your mouth and teeth might feel a little tender or sore. Don't worry this is perfectly normal and we guarantee your mouth will not be sore forever. A softer diet is recommended to help keep this discomfort to a minimum (ice cream, milk shakes, smoothies, soups, cooked pastas; etc).
. To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for about one to two minutes. If the pain persists after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever such as Tylenol or Children's Tylenol, unless the pain is little too severe we recommend not to use any anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil, Motrin or Ibuprofen since these type of medications decrease the tooth movement.
. It's not unusual for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the braces. You can place dental wax over the bracket to lessen the discomfort. If you need additional dental wax, please let us know.
When Teeth Feel Loose
If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don't worry, this is normal. Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the desired position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.
What If Wires & Bands Come Loose
. If the wires or bands on your braces come loose, it’s OK and not an emergency. Please contact us so that we can check and repair your appliance. You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place.
. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.
Our teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by Dr. David. Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment.
Guard Your Mouth If You Play Sports
. You can still play sports while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it's recommended that you wear a mouth-guard such as a "SHOCK DOCTOR" that's specifically designed to comfortably fit over your braces.
. Most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces can be avoided by following our guide. Remember, broken and damaged braces can prolong treatment.
CLEAN! CLEAN! CLEAN!
Brushing & flossing your teeth while wearing braces will present more of a challenge, since there are more places for food & plaque to collect. You should brush your teeth a minimum of 3-4x daily. Flossing should be done nightly.
If you don’t have the opportunity to brush after lunch, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water and brush your teeth as soon as possible. You should brush your teeth for 3 minutes at a time. If proper oral hygiene in not followed during treatment you are at risk for decalcification (white spots), and staining of teeth.
BRUSHING & FLOSSING
Brush in small circles over your teeth at a 90 degree angle to get on top and under the brackets and wire. Get those bristles working! Now with braces on, you have many more nooks and crannies to scrub so make sure to use the Interproximal Brush (Christmas tree brush) such as TePe to clean close to the brackets and under the wire. A Waterpik or an AirFlosser is also recommended, this will keep your teeth and gums clean, and healthy.
WHAT IF A BRACKET BREAKS?
If you have a broken bracket that is sliding on the wire, IT’S OK and not an emergency. If you are in discomfort or wearing your rubber bands to that bracket, then give us a call and we will be happy to accommodate you the best we can. We want you to be comfortable throughout this whole experience.
GUIDE TO WEARING BRACES