Oral Hygiene and Care Tips from Aurora Orthodontics

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    Eating with Braces

    What can you eat? Let’s talk about what you shouldn’t eat! If you’ve been wanting to drop a few pounds, the first week wearing braces is just your chance! For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you’ll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.

    Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

    • Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
    • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
    • Sticky foods: caramels, gum
    • Hard foods: nuts, candy
    • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
    • Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

    If You Experience Looser Teeth

    This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don’t worry! It’s normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new – corrected – positions.

    Caring For Your Orthodontic Appliances

    To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.

    How to Brush Your Teeth with Braces

    It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth stay cavity free and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.

    Taking Part in Athletics

    If you play sports, it’s important that you consult us for special precautions. A protective mouthguard is advised for playing contact sports. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, phone at once for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your situation as you would any other sports injury by immediately placing a cold pack on affected area. If a tooth is knocked out of mouth be sure to find it if it is dirty lightly rinse it (with milk if possible) and place it back in the mouth then see your dentist or orthodontist immediately,