Foods that 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.
Gum-Sugarless or otherwise
Sticky Foods-caramels, carameled apples, toffee, licorice, gummy bears, now and laters, starbursts, sugar daddies, sugar babies, tootsie rolls
Hard Foods-Apples or carrots (unless cooked or cut into small pieces), nuts, popcorn, hard candy, corn on the cob, pretzels, bagels, pizza crusts, jerky, ice, Doritos
EAT MUCH LESS:
Candy, ice cream, cookies, pie, foods with sugar
DRINK MUCH LESS:
Soda pop, drinks with sugar
AVOID CHEWING ON PENS, PENCILS, AND FINGERNAILS!
Problems and Solutions
You may 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 treatment.
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 on it.
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 at once.
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.
BRUSHING AND FLOSSING WITH BRACES
Flossing-Insert floss behind archwire. Gently clean sides of teeth and under gums with an up and down motion. Floss between all teeth once a day.
Brushing-Brush 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 after brushing.