Caring For Your Braces
Maintenance | Hygiene | Health
It is really important that once your braces have been carefully positioned that you take good care of them. Taking care of your braces will help treatment go smoothly and often faster. Each time you damage or break your braces they may not work on your teeth as effectively. Here are some examples of foods to avoid and tips about caring for your braces.
What to avoid.
- Chewy foods – liquorice, chewy lollies
- Crunchy foods – popcorn, chips, ice, toasted cereals
- Sticky foods – caramels, chewing gum
- Hard foods – nuts, boiled lollies
Cutting foods like apples, carrots and steak into smaller bite size pieces will also be helpful. Try not to bite into these whole as your braces will probably break.
Great food choices.
- Dairy – soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
- Breads – soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins
- Meats and Poultry – chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
- Seafood – tuna, salmon, crab cakes
- Vegetables – mashed potatoes, steamed vegies, beans, peas
- Fruits – grapes, bananas, kiwifruit, watermelon, mango
- Treats – ice-cream, milkshakes, jelly, cake
Brushing your teeth can be a little tricky with braces on.
Food and plaque can get caught around your braces, so it is important to spend extra time brushing and flossing. It is important to floss and rinse with mouthwash as well. Wearing braces can make brushing your teeth just that little bit harder, which means you have to spend a bit more time keeping your teeth in tip top shape. Because food and plaque can get caught around your braces be sure to spend an extra minute or so brushing and flossing.
It’s best to give your teeth a good brush in the morning and at night, and sneak in a quick clean after every meal. Also be sure to rinse your mouth with a fluoride mouth wash each day to give it a good clean and keep your teeth extra strong.
This is completely normal and a good sign.
This is great and means your braces or Invisalign are moving your teeth. Braces work by applying force to your teeth, first this gentle pressure loosens your teeth then begins to guide them to new more desirable positions. Once your teeth have moved to their final position the pressure will reduce and the teeth will become more fixed again and feel like normal. If you have loose teeth from an accident or any other activity (sports), phone your dentist or Medland Orthodontics immediately to discuss your next step.
VISIT YOUR DENTIST
Continue visiting your family dentist.
It’s important not to see your dentist while you’re having orthodontic treatment, as wearing braces doesn’t replace regular dental care and cleans. We recommend you see your dentist every 4-6 months to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy.
LOOSE WIRES OR BANDS
Contact us if you need advice.
We know you’ll look after your braces like we recommend, therefore it will be unlikely that you’ll have any loose wires or brackets. Just in case you do though, it’s best to call us on (07) 5597 3344 and we can help you over the phone.
- Try to reposition loose wires back in the bracket with the eraser end of a pencil.
- If a loose wire is uncomfortable, try putting a bit of wax or a wet cotton ball over the end to relieve the pain.
- If a piece of your braces comes loose be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.
- It’s best to get everything fixed as soon as possible to your treatment stays on track.
You play a big part in keeping your treatment on track and hassle free.
Please follow Dr Bill and Dr Patty’s advice and the instructions given to you by the team. It’s very important that you attend your scheduled appointments and you maintain healthy teeth and gums. This will allow your treatment to keep progressing smoothly and will achieve you the best results with the least interruption.
Here are some friendly reminders:
- Follow instructions carefully and if you don’t remember simply ask again – we are here to help.
- Wear elastics prescribed by your doctor and follow their instructions. Not wearing your elastics can have a big impact on your end result and how long you stay in braces.
- If you’re wearing Invisalign remember that you have to wear your aligners between 20 and 22 hours each and every day to keep your treatment on schedule.
NEED TO SEE US?
If you are concerned about anything, contact us.
We will happily provide advice or book you in for an appointment.