can not be cleaned off braces may lead to
discoloration and decay of your teeth.
Even though your braces and wires are metal,
they are fragile and usually damaged by
eating the wrong foods, thus taking us longer
to finish treatment.
Foods-caramels, carameled apples, toffee,
licorice, gummy bears, now and laters,
starbursts, sugar daddies, sugar babies,
or carrots (unless cooked or cut into
small pieces), nuts, popcorn, hard candy,
corn on the cob, pretzels, bagels, pizza
crusts, jerky, ice, Doritos
ice cream, cookies, pie, foods with sugar
drinks with sugar
CHEWING ON PENS, PENCILS, AND FINGERNAILS!
be able to solve many braces problems by
yourself temporarily until you schedule
a repair appointment with your office.
These problems need not cause delay in your
Loose band or bracket
If band or bracket is still
attached to wire, leave it in
place. If uncomfortable, place
wax on it. If it comes out completely,
wrap brace or bracket in tissue.
Try and place wire back in place
with tweezers. If
that is not possible,
clip wire with fingernail clippers
behind last tooth to which it
is securely fastened.
If any discomfort, place wax
Try pushing sticking wire down
with spoon or an eraser. If
not possible, place wax on it.
Lost tiewire or elastic tie
Notify your orthodontist at
your next appointment.
Use warm salt water rinse and/or
Tylenol or Ibuprofren.
Headgear does not fit
Sometimes caused by not wearing
as prescribed. If face bow is
bent call your orthodontist
If appliance is sticking or
poking, place wax on it.
If you think you are unable
to handle a problem on your
own, please call your orthodontist
as soon as possible.
AND FLOSSING WITH BRACES
floss behind archwire. Gently clean
sides of teeth and under gums with an up
and down motion. Floss between all
teeth once a day.
4 times a day; morning, noon, dinner, and
bedtime. Brush under, above, and all
around all surfaces of the teeth and braces.
Brush inside and outside of both the top
and bottom of gums. Rinse mouth thoroughly