Caring for Brace
Taking care of your braces is important to help keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
BRUSHING: Brush four times a day; morning, noon, dinner, bedtime. Brush under, above, behind and around ALL surfaces of the teeth AND braces. Brush inside and outside of both top and bottom gums. Rinse mouth thoroughly after brushing. Use a soft toothbrush! Brush Slowly! Take Your Time! See your general dentist regularly while you wear braces.
FLOSSING: Floss at least once a day. Be sure to insert floss behind archwire. The floss threader facilitates this. Gently clean sides of teeth and under gums with an up and down motion.
FOODS TO AVOID: Foods that cannot be cleaned off the braces may lead to discoloration and decay of your teeth. Even though your braces and wires are metal, they are fragile and are usually damaged by eating the wrong foods, thus taking us longer to finish your treatment.
ABSOLUTELY NO…bubble gum (sugar-free gum only). NO STICKY CANDY…caramels, caramel apples, toffee, licorice, gummy bears, Starbursts®, Sugar Babies®, Tootsie Rolls®. NO HARD FOODS…. nuts, popcorn, hard candy, apples or carrots (unless cooked or cut into small pieces), corn on the cob, pizza crust, jerky, hard pretzels, ice EAT MUCH LESS… candy, cookies, cake, foods with sugar DRINK MUCH LESS… soda pop and other drinks with sugar AVOID chewing on pens, pencils and fingernails!
COMMON PROBLEMS AND HOME SOLUTIONS
If you have a problem that you cannot resolve on your own, call our office and we will be able to give you advice on how to solve the problem yourself or schedule the appropriate appointment so that your braces problem can be fixed. These problems need not cause delay in your treatment.
LOOSE BAND or BRACKET: If band or bracket is still attached to wire, leave in place. If uncomfortable, place wax on it. If it comes out completely, remove it.
LOOSE WIRE: Try to place wire back in place with tweezers. If that is not possible, clip wire with fingernail clippers behind last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If any discomfort, place wax on it. Notify us same or next day.
POKING WIRE: Try to push sticking wire down with a pencil eraser. If not possible, place wax on it.
LOST TIEWIRE or ELASTIC TIE: Notify us at next appointment.
SORENESS: Use warm salt water rinses and/or Tylenol.
LOOSE APPLIANCE: If appliance is sticking or poking, place wax on it.