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.
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.
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.