Braces Home Care Instructions

Braces Home Care Instructions 2018-02-14T14:20:41+00:00

Foods to avoid with braces:

  • 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

Foods you CAN eat with braces:

  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without 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 without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake

Now that it is important you take care of them and your teeth throughout the orthodontic process.

Soreness caused by the braces

When you first get your braces, your mouth needs time to get comfortable with the new appliances in your mouth. Your mouth may feel sore or tender, and this is perfectly normal. You can use some warm water and a tablespoon of salt to gargle for few minutes a day. If that does not help, you can try to take a pain reliever.

What to Do in Case of Emergency

Call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.

Loose Brackets or Bands

You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized with alcohol.

Wire Irritations

Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.

Lost Separators

Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office as soon as possible to see if it needs to be replaced.

Flossing and Brushing

Not only is it important to be careful with what you eat while you have your braces, but it is also important to brush and floss very well to keep your gums and teeth nice and healthy. Use the patient kit we provide to help clean your teeth at least twice a day and keep going to see your dentist for routine cleaning appointments.