Orthodontics for all ages

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Making your teeth sparkle!

Brushing, flossing and keeping your oral hygiene at the highest level has always been very important, especially now when you have braces. Brackets, bands and wires can trap food. They also provide places for plaque to build up. To prevent this from happening we recommend brushing after every meal and snack. Always use a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Use a circular motion and also brush under and above the brackets. Rinse out and check if your teeth are nice and shiny! Don't forget about flossing. The toothbrush can't clean between your teeth and gums. Flossing can be tricky with braces, but after a while you will get used to it. Floss threaders are provided to aid flossing.We will instruct you how to floss and brush during the banding appointment. A Waterpik can be very helpful to keep your teeth clean during and after the treatment.

 

Taking care of retainers!

Rinse retainers in cold water and store them in their cases when you remove them. NEVER use warm or hot water to rinse wash or soak retainers because they can warp. You can brush retainers each time you brush your teeth. We recommend soaking them in a denture cleaner once a week. You will be provided with a pack of cleaning tablets when you get your retainer or you can buy them at any drug store. If you loose or break your retainer please give us a call as soon as possible to prevent teeth shifting.

Food to avoid

A careful orthodontic patient can probably eat almost any food and not damage their appliances. However, the following types of food may cause trouble. Hard food, sticky, soft food, foods high in sugar content and acidic food can be harmful to your braces. Dark soda, coffee and black tea can stain your teeth, so we recommend avoiding them also or using a straw.

Hard food which includes:

Soft food which includes:

HARD CANDY

GUM

CORN CHIPS

CARAMEL

POPCORN

TOOTSIE ROLL

JERKY

TAFFY

ICE

CORN-ON-THE-COB

NUTS

GUMMY BEARS

PIZZA CRUST

BUBBLE GUM

PREZTELS

PURE LEMON JUICE

 

 

 

 

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