Braces

BRACES

 

Eating

We recommend that you exclude hard or sticky foods such as gum, taffy, caramel, jelly beans, nuts, almonds and popcorn.  These foods tend to deform the wires and damage the bands and brackets.  You can eat as much fruit and raw vegetables as you want, but cut them into pieces.

 

Pain

Your teeth can be sensitive and cause you discomfort for a period of 2 to 7 days after your appointment.  We recommend a soft diet during this period (oatmeal, omelet, soup, smoothie, yogurt, pasta).  Drinking very cold water can also help.  Anti-inflammatories (Ibuprofen/Advil) may also help to reduce the transitional pain.

 

Orthodontic wax

If your lips and cheeks are irritated by the brackets and wires, you can place orthodontic wax on the brackets that are causing discomfort.  The wax will decrease the friction between the bracket and your cheek.  Take a piece of wax about the size of a pea and press it onto the bracket.

 

Hygiene

Good dental hygiene is essential for the success of the treatment.  It is recommended that you brush your teeth after each meal and before bedtime.  We will review tooth brushing and flossing techniques that are specific to wearing braces.

 

Discomfort

Here is an overview of the most common problems that may occur during your treatment.  This list is intended to reassure you and help you if needed.

 

Bracket falling off: If a bracket placed between two others is falling out, it will be mobile but won’t cause discomfort.  Please contact us and we will evaluate if it is necessary to see you before your next appointment.

If a bracket is falling off at the end of a wire, the protruding wire may hurt your cheek.  Call us so that we can correct the problem.  Alternatively, you can cut excess wire with cutting pliers.

 

Wire that hurts: During treatment, the wire can slip or become too long or too short.  Contact us so that we can help relieving the pain.  Orthodontic wax can be a temporary solution to reduce friction.

 

A loose orthodontic band: A band is made of stainless steel metal and wraps around the tooth to anchor a fixed orthodontic appliance.  If you think that a band is loose or falling off, we will give you an appointment rapidly in order to cement it.  Do not remove anything.  Leave everything in place and call us as soon as you can.

 

Elastic bands: On occasion, we add rubber bands on the metal brackets to give them strength and to keep the archwire held into the slot on the bracket. There is no consequence if they fall off.

 

To avoid waiting unnecessarily at the clinic, we ask you to call us before showing up for any orthodontic emergency.  If the problem cannot be solved by phone, we will try to see you within a reasonable time to make sure that it does not impair your treatment.