You should inspect your braces once a week to be sure no parts are loose, bent or broken. If a bracket or band
becomes loose, or ifyou break a wire, Contact Us so we can arrange a
brief appointment to repair the problem.
Please be as specific as possible when you describe your situation to the receptionist so she can respond
appropriately. Also, if you lose your rubber bands, Contact Us
immediately. We will mail replacements to you or you can pick-up a fresh supply at our office- whichever you prefer.
When we first apply your braces, your teeth are likely to feel sore for several days. Also, sometimes during
treatment, your tongue or cheeks can become temporarily irritated. Tylenol or Advil should relieve the discomfort.
However, if anything sharp creates unusual pain or if sores develop that don't heal please Give Us a Call.
Always use common sense when choosing foods during treatment. It's important to avoid hard, chewy and sticky foods
that might break your brackets or wires, check out the food guidlines below. Remember, that by nourishing yourself
you'll promot bone growth and gum health and you will protect tooth enamel from cavities. It's equally important to
curb habits such as nail biting and pen or pencil chewing, because this can damage your braces.
Eliminate Sticky Foods
- Bubblegum and Chewing gum
- Spare Ribs
- Sugar Daddies/ Milk Duds
- Candied Apples
- Toffee and Taffy
- Tootsie Rolls
- Starburst/ Skittles
Avoid Hard/ Crunchy Food
- Taco Shells/ Chips
- Pizzza Crust
- Raw Carrots (unless pre-cut)
- Whole Apples (unless pre-cut)
- Crusty French Bread/ Hard Rolls
Minimize Sugar Intake
- Ice Cream
- Sugar Coated Foods
- Soda Pop
- Sugar-based Drinks