Brushing & Flossing:

What good are straight teeth if you don’t keep them healthy and clean? Believe us, when you see that new smile of yours, you’ll be glad you maintained your excellent oral hygiene. To ward off tooth decay, gum disease and stains, be sure to floss once a day and brush in the morning, before bed and after every meal (braces are like a magnet for food particles). Keep up with your regular check-ups at the dentist as well.
When brushing, use a soft bristled toothbrush and make sure to pay extra attention to all of the new nooks and crannies. Brush every surface of each tooth, including between, below and on top of the brackets. Angle the toothbrush so that the bristles get under your gum line too and use small, circular motions. Brush your tongue as well. Be sure you’re brushing for at least two minutes every time! If you’re at school or somewhere where you don’t have access to your trusty toothbrush, rinse your mouth out really well after eating and then brush as soon as you can.
Flossing is really important as well, because a toothbrush can’t reach certain areas, especially when wearing braces. Flossing with braces takes some getting used to and you’ll want to use a floss threader and waxed floss. Pass the floss under the wire using the threader and then between two teeth. Slide the dental floss up and down on the side of each tooth and then slide it over between the next pair and repeat. It’s best to floss at night after brushing your teeth.

What to Eat with Braces:

Surprisingly, braces won’t change the way you eat too drastically. When you first get your braces put on and after adjustments, your teeth will be a little sore for a few days. Cold drinks and snacks like ice water, ice pops, smoothies and frozen yogurt will work wonders, as will soft foods like mashed potatoes and yogurt. Stick with these until the aching subsides.
Really hard foods, like hard candy, can break brackets and chewy, sticky foods, like caramels, taffy, chewing gum and gummy bears can get stuck and cause issues. Foods like popcorn, corn on the cob (cut off the cob is fine) and certain nuts can also get wedged between brackets causing inflammation and damage. You should be careful when eating chewy breads, like bagels, potato chips and hard fruits and veggies like apples and carrots. Cut or break them into tiny pieces or in the case of chips, eat them one at a time. We also don’t recommend sugary food and drinks like soda, because it can lead to cavities.
When eating anything, you’ll really just want to make it as easy to chew as possible, which might require cutting things up. Be sure to chew with your back teeth and don’t rip or tear at food with your front teeth.

Comfort Care Tips:

Once you get used to your braces, you probably won’t even remember you’re wearing them the majority of the time. If for some reason you are experiencing any discomfort or pain, call us right away and we’ll fix the problem. The most common issues are poking wires, a broken bracket and lip or cheek irritation. If this is the case, there are a few things you can do at home to tide you over until you can get in to see us.
Cheek and Lip Irritation
Braces are a foreign object in your mouth and it’s no wonder there is an adjustment period in the beginning while you get used to them. This usually only lasts a few days. During this time, sometimes you’ll notice the brackets and wires are irritating your cheeks and lips. Identify the bracket that is bothering you and dab it dry with a tissue or cotton. Then, take a small piece of dental wax and roll it into a ball between your fingers. Finally, stick it over the wire and bracket. Any irritation should subside and if it doesn’t, be sure to call our office.
Broken Bracket
We see broken brackets all of the time, so don’t panic. It’s usually the result of eating hard food, getting hit in the mouth or saliva coming into contact with the bracket during the bonding procedure. If the bracket is in the back of your mouth, gently remove it from the wire. If it’s in the middle or front of your mouth, dab it dry with a tissue or cotton, roll a little piece of dental wax into a ball and place it over the bracket so it won’t bother you. Call us and let us know which tooth has a broken bracket. You can determine this by counting from the back tooth. We can then decide if you can wait until your next appointment or if you should come in right away.
Poking Wires
If a wire pokes out it can be uncomfortable. That dental wax will come in handy again. You can dry the offending portion with a tissue or cotton and place wax on it. That should stop it from poking. If you have a sore on your cheek or lip from the wire, rinse your mouth with salt water. In the case of a loose bracket in the back of your mouth, the piece of wire can be fairly long. If this happens, you can try to very, very carefully snip it with nail clippers. Again, call us and we’ll get you in for an appointment to remedy the problem.

Braces Procedure

Getting your braces put on is the first step towards straight teeth and a healthy smile. Don’t worry. The procedure is painless and you’ll be out of the orthodontist’s chair and back to your day in no time.

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You’ve probably heard from friends or family that wearing braces is a long-term commitment, taking more than two years on average. With SureSmile orthodontic treatment, getting braces isn’t what it used to be! You’ll get outstanding results in less time.

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