When it comes to successful orthodontic treatment and exceptional patient care, it’s truly a team effort. That’s why it’s so important that you do your part in ensuring that your
orthodontic treatment is successful by following a few steps to safeguard your appliances and ultimately, enhance your final result—your beautiful,
new smile. Below are some tips to keep in mind.
From a big bucket of popcorn and candy at the movies to a hot slice of pizza with friends, we all have our favorite snacks and munchies. However, some of these “go-to” favorites can set you back in your orthodontic treatment by causing damage to your braces—potentially costing you more money to repair. By being mindful of some of these no-no foods, you can help us help you stay on track in getting your brand new smile.
- Chewing Gum
- Hard candy/ Suckers
- Sticky foods
- Granola bars
- Dried fruit
- Do not suck on lemons or limes
- Raw vegetables & apples should be steamed or cut
- Pizza crust & hard breads (i.e., French bread and bagels should be broken & eaten in small pieces)
- Corn (should be cut off the cob)
- Nail biting
- Picking at your wires
- Unnatural tongue thrusting
- Chewing on pencils
- Thumb sucking
Now, that you have braces, it’s crucial to brush and floss regularly—and more importantly, do it properly. By doing this, you not only increase the rate of alignment, you will have a bright and shiny smile to show off the moment your braces are removed.
For proper brushing, you should break out the toothbrush at least two times a day and preferably after each meal using a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Using just a small amount of toothpaste, make a gentle circular motion for 10 seconds over each tooth at an angle—making sure to work the bristles over, under and past the wire. Finish with brushing the chewing surfaces of your teeth, your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Rinse thoroughly and get on with your day.
For flossing, Hunter Family Orthodontics recommends using dental floss and a floss threader at least three times a week. With the floss inserted into the threader, use an up and down motion along your teeth. If soreness or bleeding occurs, simply rinse with warm salt water—the problem will go away quickly with proper oral hygiene.
The good, the bad, the braces
Once your braces are removed, you’re going to love your new smile. However, while you still have them, there are times you will experience a little soreness and discomfort. When this happens, take a look in our Emergency Care section to find some quick, self-help remedies to ease the discomfort and get you smiling again.