Braces Care

After Placement

Once your braces have been placed, you will need to be more diligent about brushing and caring for your teeth. We recommend brushing a minimum of three times a day, after each meal, as well as using a daily fluoride rinse. We will also provide you with a special mini brush to help you clean between your brackets and wires. Daily flossing also plays an important part of caring for your teeth, as does regular visits to your general dentist. Provided we receive enough notice in advance, we can coordinate the removal of your wires with your dental cleanings. We remove your wires prior to your cleaning and when you are finished we will place your wires back in. This allows for a more thorough cleaning.

Orthodontic “emergencies” do occur. Despite being careful with what you eat, problems may arise. If the office happens to be closed, you will always have access to Dr. Roy or one of our experienced orthodontic assistants. Simply call our regular office number and you will be directed to whom to call. If necessary they will meet you at the office.

Common Issues with Braces

Loose Front Brackets

This means that the bracket (the small brace attached to the facial surface of the tooth) has become separated from the tooth, but may still be attached to the wire.

Loose Bands

The band is the metal ring that wraps around your molars. The main wire is connected to it. It is important to call the office to have this repaired as soon as possible so that food doesn’t get wedged between the band and tooth and cause decay.

Pokey Wires

It is not uncommon as your teeth move for the arch wire to become displaced and cause discomfort. Should this happen, call the office and we will assess the situation and handle accordingly.

Spacing

As your teeth are moved throughout treatment, it is very normal for spacing to occur. Be assured, when your braces are removed these spaces will no longer be there.

Soreness

Your teeth may be a little sore or tender following your orthodontic appointments. We recommend ibuprofen or Tylenol to alleviate your discomfort.

Examples of foods to avoid

For most situations, common sense will tell you what foods to avoid. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods as they can cause tooth decay. Nail biting, pencil chewing and biting on foreign objects should be avoided.

Sticky Foods

Gum
Starburst
Laffy Taffy
Caramels
Licorice
Fruit Roll Ups
Airheads
Jolly Ranchers

Hard Foods

Ice
Nuts
Bagels
French bread crusts
Corn on the Cob
Spare Ribs
Pizza Crust
Apples
Carrots

Sugary Foods (limit)

Cake
Cookies
Ice Cream
Pie
Chocolate

Earn Smile Bucks

Our office has a reward system where patients can earn “Smile Bucks”. This is an incentive for good brushing, keeping their appointments, and wearing appliances or elastics as required. The Smile Bucks can be redeemed for a gift card to a local store, such as Barnes and Noble, American Eagle, Hollister and many more.