Thursday, June 2, 2016

Home Care Instructions for Braces

Eating with Braces:
  • For the first two to four days after your braces are placed your teeth may be tender to biting, try and stick to softer foods. Avoid hard breads, tough meat or raw vegetables. If the pain is sever you can take a painkiller that you would normally take for a headache.
  • Your lips and cheeks may become irritated for one to two weeks until they become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We'll show you how!
  • You will need to protect your braces as long as you are wearing them.
Foods to avoid:
  • Chewing gum
  • Hard candies (ex: jolly ranchers, toffee, hard chocolate bars)
  • Ice
  • Carrots, apples, pears (harder fruits and vegetables) should be cut into small pieces.
  • Cut meat off the bone, meat should not be chewed off the bone.
  • Corn on the cob should be sliced off.
  • Pizza, bagels, and crusty buns should be cut into bite size pieces.
  • Do not chew on your fingernails, pencils or pens.
Home Care:
  • It is very important to brush and floss while you have braces!
- Place the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle towards the bracket.

- It is especially important to clean between the bracket and gums.
- Flossing with braces takes a few minutes longer then without.

- Slide the floss threader under the wire in between each tooth and then floss like normal.

- Orthodontic floss picks can also be used.
Other Aids:

- A water pick is also very helpful for cleaning around the brackets and along the gums.

- A Proxabrush can also be used around the brackets to help remove plaque and debris.
What if I have an Emergency?
  • If a bracket breaks off or a wire is poking out or something else is causing discomfort, call our office right away.
  • If issue occurs over a weekend or holiday, you can place wax over area causing discomfort/sharp wire. If this does not help, please call Dr. Gray directly at 905-478-1888.
Dental Hygienist

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