Congratulations! We recently placed braces on your teeth in order to give you a straighter smile.
Some important rules should be followed to make your orthodontic treatment as effective and easy as possible.
Foods To Avoid While Wearing Braces
- Chewing gum
- Hard vegetables such as carrots or celery unless cut into small pieces.
- Any type of nuts
- Steak – unless tender and cut into small pieces
- Hard sweets and toffee
If you had any build-ups placed at your appointment your back teeth will not touch all the way together. These build-ups will allow your teeth to move quickly and keep you from biting off your lower braces. You may have some difficulty eating initially so a soft diet is recommended.
Your back teeth will get closer and closer together each day and will allow you to eat more normally. The build ups will be removed as soon as possible and rarely are on the full treatment time.
Clean Your Teeth & Braces At All Times
- Brush teeth and braces with a soft toothbrush
- Teeth are to be brushed after eating - this includes after light snacks
Check teeth after brushing to make sure they are clean. Leave no debris at the gumline or the hard to reach areas. These spots are vulnerable and if not clean will cause decay and white or brown decalcification lines.
Remember – braces do not cause white lines around your teeth – it is the food particles and plaque around the braces that causes this decalcification.
Please keep your teeth meticulously clean to avoid decay and decalcification.
Take Care Of Your Braces
- Do not break, bend or lose parts of your braces
- If you knock braces off please call the clinic
Once the braces are removed, it is recommended that you attend the hygienist for a scale and polish to remove any tarter build up which may have.