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Getting Started with Braces

Congratulations on starting your Braces Treatment!

Brushing Your Teeth and Braces

  • Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day and if possible also after each meal
  • If you are unable to brush after eating, please try to rinse your mouth thoroughly with water to remove any food debris
  • When brushing your teeth, position your toothbrush bristles at a 45 degree angle downwards and also upwards towards your gum line to remove all food and plaque from your teeth.
  • Floss at least once daily, threading under the wire between each tooth with a floss threader or using a floss pick designed for braces
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Foods to avoid during your treatment

If eating these foods, we recommend cutting them into small pieces first.
  • Crunchy foods: chips, fruits, raw vegetables
  • Hard foods: granola bars, nuts, hard candy, ice cubes
  • Sticky foods: chewing gum, caramel, taffy
Foods to avoid during  your treatment

Soreness and Irritation

For the first few days, you may experience some discomfort, but do not worry! It is normal for your teeth to feel sore. If it is bothering you, you can take a painkiller like Tylenol. Your lips and cheeks may have some irritation or sore spots but the irritation will go away after a few days. Please text us if the area continues to be an issue, you can try covering the irritated area with a generous amount of wax.

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If somethingis bothering you

  • Poking wires: If the wire has come out of the last bracket and pokes your cheek causing pain, contact us to arrange an in-office visit. As a temporary fix, you can cover the poking wire with wax
  • Loose bracket: If a bracket comes off, contact us right away and we will schedule you in to have it re-bonded. Please let us know even if you have an appointment that day so that we can prepare to have it all fixed for you.
If somethingis bothering you

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