Ortho Care

TAKING CARE OF YOUR BRACES

What to expect with braces

  • Jaw soreness, sensitive teeth (take ibuprofen as needed for the soreness).
  • Teeth may be tender to biting pressure for a few days.
  • Brackets may create sore spots on cheeks, lips, or tongue (place wax on brackets to help alleviate rubbing).
  • Minimal gum swelling (it is very important to maintain proper oral hygiene, such as brushing twice a day and flossing).
  • Loosening of teeth is to be expected at times during treatment. Don’t worry! It’s normal. Teeth loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigid in their new positions.
  • Don’t be alarmed if a wire, bracket, or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (back of spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire away from your cheek. Simply get it out of the way. Call our office as soon as possible if any piece of the braces comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.
  • To successfully complete the treatment plan, you must work together with Dr. Mun. The teeth can only move toward their corrected positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands.

Orthodontic No No list

While having braces hard and chewy foods can break orthodontic appliances and delay treatment. Following is a list of things to avoid:

  • Corn on the cob, apples or any fruits that require biting into. (Apples can be eaten if they are cut into small pieces)
  • Beef Jerky, ribs, wings (meats that one has to bite down and pull on)
  • Crunchy food like nuts and ice.
  • Candy like jolly ranchers, sour patch kids, licorice, caramel, taffy and snickers
  • Gum that is very sticky such as bubble yum, hubba bubba. (Sugar free gum or with xylitol can be chewed, if placed on the cheek to make soft before chewing.)
  • Chewing on hard things such as pens, pencils and fingernails can damage brackets
*If pt. breaks brackets while chewing gum they will be ask to refrain from chewing gum.