Instructions for Braces
You have just had your brackets placed, here are a few things you should know:
Care for Success
By actively taking part in your treatment, you, your orthodontist and the office staff will develop a mutual confidence. Together you’ll advance step by step toward your ultimate goal… a beautiful smile. The biggest enemy of your teeth is plaque and the most effective means of removing plaque from your teeth is regular brushing and flossing.
- Hold the brush at an angle and press firmly against the teeth flexing the bristles.
- Move brush in small circles, cleaning the surface.
- Brush above and below the archwire
- Brush back side and chewing surfaces of all teeth
- Slide the floss gently between the teeth
- Avoid snapping the floss through a tight space
- Rub the floss up and down the sides of each tooth
- Do not use a shoe-shine or see-saw motion
Foods to Avoid
Braces are delicate and easily damaged, so what to eat becomes especially important in caring for your appliances.
Here Are Some Foods Which Should Be Avoided:
STICKY FOODS: Caramels, Taffy and chewing gum
HARD FOODS: Hard Candy, Raw Carrots, Popcorn, Pizza crusts, ice, etc…
If you have Discomfort
Your braces may cause some discomfort during the first few days of treatment and after some sequential adjustments. There are several things you can do to minimize this problem.
- Eat soft foods for the first few days
- Use a warm saltwater rinse, as needed
- Take aspirin or a non-aspirin substitute as needed
- Put wax over problem areas
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