Care during Orthodontic Treatment
- Use a soft bristle brush with a toothpaste containing fluoride
- Brush after every meal.
- If you cannot brush right away, rinse well with water.
- Most importantly, at least once every day brush vigorously and floss until your teeth and braces are spotlessly cleaned. This should take no less than five minutes.
- To be extra careful, rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash after brushing.
- Concentrate on the Danger Zone! This is the area between your bracket and your gum margin.
- 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.
- Avoid soda pop and drinks that contain sugar. Use common sense when choosing food to put in your mouth and avoid chewing on hard objects such as pens and pencils. Whole fruits and vegetable such as apples and carrots should be cooked or cut into small pieces and eaten carefully.
- Loose band or bracket: The seal created by the cement (glue) has been broken. Call the clinic and schedule an appointment. If band or bracket detaches from wire, save it and bring it with you for your next appointment.
- Broken arch wire or Headgear, lost ligature or hook: These problems could cause the teeth to shift in the wrong direction and must be corrected as soon as possible. Call our clinic and schedule an appointment.
- Sticker: That’s the term for a wire that sticks out and cause irritation. Dry it with a napkin and place wax over the wire to prevent further sticking.
Orthodontic Retainer Wear & Care
Your retainer is a fixed or removable appliance designed to maintain your teeth in their corrected position. If your retainer is removable follow the instructions as outlined below
- The retainer should be worn at all-time except while eating and brushing unless your doctor gives you other instructions. Remove it only when brushing your teeth.
- The retainer’s plastic taste will disappear quickly, and your speech will return to normal after a few days of wearing the retainer.
- Soreness will leave in a few days, even after an adjustment. If you have a localized sore spot after three or four days, call us for an appointment.
- Don’t flip the retainer with your tongue. This could damage your teeth.
- Clean the retainer by brushing it with soap and water and occasionally clean it with denture cleaner, using warm (not hot) water.
- When it’s not in your mouth, keep the retainer in a special box given to you (not wrapped in a napkin or in your pocket).
- Keep the retainer away from pets.
- Bring the retainer to each appointment.
If your retainer is fixed one a wire is attached to the inside of your upper and lower front teeth. Follow the instructions as outlined below
- A fixed retainer will remain in your mouth permanently or until your doctor approves its removal.
- When brushing be careful to clean the wire and the inside of your teeth. Floss daily and use threaded floss between the retainer wire and the gums.
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