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Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.
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Don’t worry; you’ll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.
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Chewy foods – bagels, licorice
Crunchy foods – popcorn, chips, ice
Sticky foods – caramel candies, chewing gum
Hard foods – nuts, hard candies
Foods that require biting into – corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Dairy – soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
Breads – soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins w/o nuts
Grains – pasta, soft cooked rice
Meats/poultry – soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
Seafood – tuna, salmon, crab cakes
Vegetables – mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
Fruits – applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
Treats – ice cream w/o nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake
The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.
You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.
In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and your appliance for any damage that may have occurred. If you notice any loose teeth, or if your appliance has been damaged, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort with wax or by rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.
Wear your retainers every night unless otherwise prescribed by the doctor.
Take your retainers out before eating and before brushing your teeth and don’t forget to store them in your case when not using to protect them and keep them away from pets who love to chew them.
Clean your retainers every day after use by brushing them with your toothbrush and toothpaste and rinse off with cool water. Along with brushing, retainerscan also be soaked in retainer cleaners to help keep them clean and odor free.
If retainers are lost or broken call our office immediately to have them replaced. Even a few days or weeks of not wearing retainers can results in unwanted shifting of teeth.
Keep your retainers away from heat, direct sunlight, and hot water to prevent them from changing shape which can prevent them from fitting on your teeth properly to hold them in place or cause unwanted tooth shifting to occur.
If your retainers are not fitting over your teeth completely or feel loose and sometimes fall out of your mouth on their own, call our office immediately so they can be adjusted.
Bring your retainers with you to all visits to the office so they can be checked if needed.
Fixed retainers are designed to be bonded permanently inside of lower and sometimes the upper front teeth to prevent those from shifting and normally are used together with clear removable “Essix” style retainers to provide maximum protection from unwanted movement of all of your teeth.
Brush around your fixed retainers daily with the “toe” of your toothbrush or proxy brush, use superfloss or dental floss with floss threaders to thread underneath wires, and waterpiks to remove plaque or food debris from collecting around fixed retainers.
If your fixed retainer becomes loose, bent, broken or feels uncomfortable for any reason, please call our office so that it can be checked and repaired if needed.