Braces

Foods to be Careful With:

  • BEEF JERKY -  do not eat
  • ICE - do not chew
  • PIZZA CRUST-do not bite in to
  • BAGELS & HARD ROLLS - will bend wire and knock of brackets
  • MEAT - cut off bone, do not chew the bones
  • NUTS - do not eat
  • RAW FRUITS & VEGETABLES -  cut them into small pieces
  • HARD & STICKY CANDIES - do not eat
  • CHIPS -  small pieces only
  • POPCORN - do not eat (gets stuck under braces or wires)
  • PENS & PENCILS - do not chew (bends and breaks appliances)
  • CORN ON THE COB & RIBS -  cut off to eat

In summary: If it's too big to bite, cut it up!
If it's too hard or sticky to chew, don't eat it!
Loose bands, broken wires and detached brackets will cause a longer treatment time.

Remedies For Discomfort:

WAX:

Place the wax that we gave you over anything that is irritating your soft tissue (gums, cheek or tongue).  Make sure you dry the area thoroughly before you place you place the wax.  Use the wax coverage until your tissue heal and/or toughen up, or until you get the pokey problem corrected.

IBUPROFEN (aka Advil):

The best pain reliever for orthodontic pain.  Acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) is the next best, be sure to read the manufacturer's directions before taking any medications.

SOFT AND COLD FOODS:

Many of the wires are "heat-activated", anything warm will make the wire stronger and will cause more discomfort.  Foods and drinks (ice cream, cold water or milk) will lower the temperature of the wire and takes the pressure off any sore teeth (until the wire warms up again).

SORE MOUTH RINSE:

1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and swish for approximately 1 minute.  Will help the tissue to heal faster.

Problems:

LOOSE OR BROKEN BRACKET:

Call us and we will advise if needs to be recemented or if it can wait till your next appointment.

LOOSE BAND:

Needs to be recemented fairly soon, otherwise food and plaque gets trapped beneath and cause a cavity.

POKEY WIRE

Call us and we will schedule to  address the issue ASAP.

LOST ELASTICS

Come in ASAP and we will give you more.

We set aside time in our schedule, every day, to see patients who are having a problem which is causing them discomfort, so don't suffer, Contact us!