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Care of Orthodontic Appliances

Once you have your braces, you must brush your teeth and gums better than ever before.  Extra care must be taken in the area between the gums and appliances.  We call this the danger zone.  Food that collects around your bands and wires can cause stains and cavities, as well as unpleasant odors or bad breath, so be sure to keep your teeth and gums clean.  Brush after each meal and snack with a soft bristled toothbrush.  Take the time to do it thoroughly.

Your orthodontic appliances will affect the foods you can eat.  In general, there are two types of food not to be eaten – hard foods and sticky foods.  Some examples of each are listed below:

  HARD FOODS
  • Ice – don’t chew it!
  • Pizza – stay away from hard crusts!
  • Pecans, peanuts, peanut brittle, and frozen candy bars – these are no-no’s!
  • Popcorn – besides breaking brackets, popcorn hulls can cause serious gum infections while wearing braces.
  • Hard candy such as suckers & peppermints – these can be sucked on; please do not chew them. We recommend sugar-free varieties.
  STICKY FOODS
  • We recommend not chewing gum.
  • Sticky candy such as caramels, taffy, gummy candies, etc. should not be eaten. These types of sweets can pull a bracket off of your teeth. They can also contribute to cavities.
Certain foods can be eaten if they are served in a special way.  Raw fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, apples, and celery should be sliced into small pieces and eaten carefully.  Corn can be eaten if cut off the cob. 

Please be careful with your selection of foods.

In general, keep pencils, pens, and fingernails out of your mouth.  Chewing on these tends to cause brackets to become loose.  We need to check your braces once a month.  However, if something becomes loose or broken, please call us and we’ll schedule an appointment for the repair.
 
Bonded Retainers

Once your braces have been removed, you may have a special type of retainer bonded to the back of your top and/or bottom teeth.  These retainers hold your teeth in the correct, straight position and usually remain on your teeth for three to five years.
 
 
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