All About Braces
Brushing and Flossing
It’s more importantly significant than ever to be sure you brush and floss frequently when you have braces, so the gums and teeth are healthy during orthodontic treatment. Patients who don’t 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 to learn how to properly care for braces during orthodontic treatment.
Eating with Braces
What can you eat with braces? Let’s talk about what you should avoid eating! For the 1st day or so, you should stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard or crunchy breads, and raw veggies. Before long, you’ll be able to bite into 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 the majority of orthodontic practices, we do not hand out a list of prohibited foods. Dr. Grob has not had a large problem with breakage of orthodontic appliances or cavities in his over 25 years of experience. BUT! Avoid having a lot of soft drinks/sodas, sweetened juices etc., and brush after eating anything! We recommend a fluoride rinse at bedtime as well.
Also, avoid cubes of ice and cut up crunchy things into small, manageable pieces.
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for a few days. Take Tylenol or whatever you normally take for headaches or pain/discomfort. The lips, tongue and cheeks may also become irritated for 1-2 weeks as they toughen and become adapted to the braces. We will supply wax to put on the braces in irritated areas to reduce discomfort. If parents, school, your jaw etc. is OK with it, we find that sugarless gum works great on pokey wires and is actually good for inhibiting decay.
Loosening of Teeth
Teeth will get slightly loose, it’s OK!
Loose Wire or Band
Don’t be worried if a wire or band comes loose. This happens sometimes. If a wire sticks out and is irritating, use a blunt object (eraser end of a pencil or a q-tip) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire back under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the mouth or lips continue, place some wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the discomfort. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the problem.
Rubber Band Wear
We usually use rubber bands towards the end of treatment to mesh the teeth correctly. They need to be worn full time in order to work properly. 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. We have protective mouth-guards available for people playing contact sports.