All About Braces

Brushing and Flossing

It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy during orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment. Watch the two videos below on the proper care of braces during orthodontic treatment.

Eating with Braces
What can you eat? Let’s talk about what you shouldn’t eat! For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you’ll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.

Foods to Avoid
Unlike lots of orthodontic practices, we don’t hand out a list of forbidden foods. Dr. Grob has not had a large problem with breakage or cavities in his over 25 years of experience. BUT! avoid lots of soft drinks, sweetened juices etc. and brush after eating anything! We recommend a fluoride rinse at bedtime.

Also, avoid ice cubes and cut up crunchy things into small pieces.

General Soreness
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for 3 – 5 days. Take Tylenol or whatever you normally take for headache or discomfort. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the braces. We will supply wax to put on the braces in irritated areas to lessen discomfort. If parents, school, your jaw etc. is OK, we find that sugarless gum works great on pokey wires and is actually good for preventing decay.

Loosening of Teeth
Teeth will get slightly loose, its OK!

Loose Wire or Band
Don’t be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If a wire sticks out and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire back under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the problem.

Rubber Band Wear
We usually use rubber bands at the end of treatment to mesh the teeth properly.They need to be worn full time in order to work. Teeth can almost always be made straight, the quality of the result most often has to do with rubber bands.

If you play sports, it’s important you let us know. A protective mouthguard is available for playing contact sports.

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