Care For Braces

If you’re wondering how you’re going to take care of your new braces, we’ve got all the information you need to know right here. 

With a little help from you, we will be able to make your orthodontic treatment an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Without your help, treatment time will be extended, your final result may not be as perfect as we have planned for it to be, and you could even get decay and gum infections around your braces. Let’s work together to assure that these things don’t happen.

Be Careful With Your Braces

Please take a moment to review the Food List below for a list of foods that commonly break appliances.

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Foods to Avoid

  • Ice – It’s so cold it hurts your mouth anyways, so just avoid it.
  • Foreign objects – Pens, Pencils, Fingernails, Straws, etc.
  • Hard & Sticky Chewy Candies – Jolly Ranchers, Hard peppermints, Blow Pops, Jaw breakers, Starburst, Now-N-Later, Tootsie Roll, Taffy, Skittles, etc.
  • Sticky chewy candies – Starburst, Now-N-Later, Tootsie Roll, Taffy, Skittles, etc.
  • Chewy & Hard snacks – Power Bars, Rice crispy treats, Pretzels, Fritos, Corn Nuts, Thick or hard tortilla chips, Nuts, etc.
  • Tough breads – Thick pizza crust, Bagels, Hard rolls, etc.
  • Corn-on-the-Cob – The braces can get caught in the cob, cut corn off cob to eat
  • Popcorn – The hulls get under your braces and cause gum infections
  • Sugary Drinks – Can weaken enamel and cause cavities
  • Carbonated soft drinks – Contains phosphoric acid and can cause enamel staining and cavities
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Foods to Enjoy

  • Apples, Carrots, Celery are good for you – Should be cut into bite sized pieces and eaten with care
  • Sugarless Chewing Gum – Stimulates saliva flow which helps keep your teeth clean
  • Soft candies – Chocolate,Three Musketeers, Ice cream, etc.
  • Soft snacks – Yogurt, Applesauce, Cheese, etc.

Remember ~ Use your common sense when deciding which foods you can eat, and those to be avoided.

Proper brushing and flossing will keep your teeth and gums healthy and keep your breath smelling fresh

Remember to keep regular appointments with your family dentist. You should have a checkup and cleaning every six months. (We may recommend additional checkups or cleanings if needed). It will be important to remember to brush your teeth twice a day. Remember to brush your gums and angle your tooth brush in such a way to remove plaque and debris both above and below the brackets (especially between the brackets and your gums)

Call us if something seems loose or broken ~ We’re always here for you to make sure your treatment goes quick and smooth. The truth is, if you let a broken bracket sit for a couple of days or weeks, the tooth could move, adding a substantial amount of extra time to your treatment. We all want this process to go as quickly as possible, so don’t hesitate to give us a ring if something seems broken or just a little off. The best way to avoid unnecessary appointments is to call us as soon as you are aware that something is wrong.

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