Your orthodontic treatment represents an investment in your oral health and well being. It is important to realize that the following Do’s and Don’t's were designed to insure the success of your orthodontic treatment.
Brush teeth 3 times a day. After breakfast, lunch, and before bedtime. Minimize your sugar intake.
Call the office if you have any problems with your appliances. Loose bands, broken brackets or archwires should be reported as soon as possible.
See your dentist every 6 months for regular checkups. Schedule an appointment with us to remove your wires before a cleaning.
Please call the office at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel an appointment.
Use wax to cover appliances which may irritate lips, cheeks, or gums. If soreness persists, call the office.
Use fluoride gel as directed daily. The use of fluoride helps to protect the enamel by strengthening its surface. This should be used following thorough plaque removal by brushing.
Do not play with wires or other parts of your appliances with tongue, fingers or pencils, etc.
Use common sense in choosing the foods you eat. This will avoid breakage that will delay your treatment. Avoid hard food such as nuts, pizza crust, bagels, popcorn kernels, crusty bread, tortilla chips, and ice. Apples, carrots, corn on the cob, etc. can be eaten if they are cut up. Do not bite into these food with your front teeth.
Sticky foods such as hard candies, caramels, candy apples, Charleston Chews, Tootsie Rolls, Starbursts, Sugar Daddies, Jolly Ranchers, Licorice, Skittles, etc. should not be eaten at all.
Do not chew gum.
Avoid soda, energy drinks and other drinks with sugar including excessive amounts of fruit juice. Frequent consumption of these drinks will lead to cavities or white lesions on the teeth.