Oral Hygiene

Brushing
It's more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy after 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.

Athletics
If you play sports, it's important that you consult us for special precautions. A protective mouthguard is advised for playing contact sports. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, phone us and your general dentist at once for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.

No-No Foods
Eating these foods will loosen the braces, with delays in both treatment and improvement of faces. So avoid these choice foods and "oh goody", "oh boy", your healthy big smile will give us all joy! These braces are temporary, not forever you know, so when it's all over, you can say "Yes-Yes" not "No-No."
  • The Crust of the Pizza is the best part, and the place where bent wires will often start.
  • Hard Rolls, Pretzels, Bagels & Bones, will knock off your braces-so leave them alone.
  • Doritos & Tacos and all the rest will form a hard ball and make your braces a really big mess.
  • Popcorn at the movies is fun for all, but the pain it will cause is no fun at all.
  • Nuts are often very tasty too, but we'll have to say, "No nuts for you."
  • Ribs & Meats that are attached to the bone, please remember we said to leave them alone.
  • Raw Carrots and rabbits go together well, but the damage they cause is easy to tell.
  • Suckers are always a tasty delight, but will damage your braces if you take a bite.
  • Sticky Candy & Gum are gooey and fun, but will pull off your brackets before you are done.
  • Pens & Pencils & Fingernails too, are all useful things, but not something to chew.
  • ICE... in the heat don't you know, but it destroys all of your braces-so a thousand times NO!
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