Orthodontic treatment does so much more than just create beautiful smiles, orthodontics create better dental health! Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain, causing tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss. Improper bite or jaw alignment can cause pain or headaches. Straight teeth contribute to healthy teeth and gums, a beautiful smile and self confidence.
Eating proper Foods, minimizing sugar intake and getting enough sleep are essential during orthodontic treatment. Your braces are precise appliances that can be damaged by eating hard foods. Some soft and sticky foods can cause tooth decay and loosen or dislodge your braces.
Hard Candy, Corn Chips, Popcorn, Jerky, Ice, Nuts, Pizza Crust, Corn on the Cob
Whole fruits and vegetables such as apples and carrots should. be cooked or cut into small pieces and eaten carefully
Bubble Gum, Gum, Sticky Candy like Starbursts, Sugar Daddies, Tootsie Rolls, Gummy Bears, Caramels, and Taffy
Use common sense when choosing food to put in your mouth and avoid chewing on hard objects such as pens and pencils.
Brushing with your toothbrush (Soft bristles only):
When? After every meal. If you cannot brush right away, rinse well with water.
Use a dry brush with a small amount of toothpaste. Place bristles where gums and teeth meet.
Use circular, vibrating motions around the gum lines, 10 seconds on each tooth.
Brush slowly, each arch separately, every tooth.
Brush the lower teeth up and the upper teeth down. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth too!
When? Nightly after brushing
How? Use floss threader between gums and braces.
Why? Removes plaque toothbrush misses.
Carefully pull unwaxed floss between wire and braces. A floss threader may be helpful.
Floss carefully around the braces.
Floss carefully around the gum area.
Floss carefuly around each tooth.
CONCENTRATE ON THE DANGER ZONE!
.... the space between the bands or brackets and the gums!
Special brushes can be used for hard-to-clean places.