In order to navigate around and beneath wires and braces, we recommend using a Proxabrush also known as an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush.  Using a Proxybrush gently cleans both teeth and braces to maintain a healthy smile while avoiding damage to the braces.

Antibacterial Mouthwash

Peroxyl is a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse that will reduce inflammation of the gums and cheeks. Peroxyl helps to avoid infection and reduce irritation that may develop from wearing braces. Rinsing the mouth with two teaspoons of Peroxyl (half a capful) for one minute up to four times daily after meals or school and just before bed. Peroxyl helps with healing inside the mouth. Peroxyl has many uses including use for general irritation caused by braces, canker sores, cheek bites, and other minor wounds to the gums.

Topical Fluoride

Phos-Flur is a sodium fluoride gel that helps prevent tooth decay while wearing braces. Phos-Flur kills bacteria and replaces minerals in tooth enamel that have been exposed to harmful acids. Phos-Flur is applied by a toothbrush for one minute. After using Phos-Flur it is important for the active ingredient to stay on your teeth for 30 minutes. The use of Phos-Flur does not replace daily brushing and flossing but should be done following a daily schedule at bedtime.

Cleaning Your Removable Appliance

It is important to brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Food particles and plaque accumulate on your appliance just as they do on teeth. Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent, or another denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak the appliance once a day. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.

Emergency and First Aid Treatment

We want your orthodontic treatment to be as comfortable and worry-free as possible; however, there may be times when you will experience minor problems or accidents. our orthodontic team is ready to help.

In most instances, simple orthodontic issues may be resolved easily.

In Case Of An Emergency

If you break or loosen, any of your appliances, call our office as soon as possible. Please, call ahead of time, to allow time for us to prepare items needed to repair any broken or loose appliances. In the case you already have a scheduled appointment, please inform us ahead of time if you need to have an appliance repaired.

Loose Brackets or Bands

Please call the office immediately if you have a loose bracket or band so we can fix it. In the case of an after-hours emergency, If you need to cut the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized with alcohol. Call our office immediately on the next business day to schedule an appointment to fix the problem.

Wire Irritations

If a wire is out of place, you can use a pencil eraser or a cotton swab to push the wire so that it is lying flat against your tooth. If the wire won’t move, cover it with wax. Call us immediately and inform us of the problem and schedule an appointment. If you are unable to come to the office, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized with alcohol.

Lost Separators

In the duration of the treatment, patients may lose a separator. If this happens to you, call the office so it may be replaced.

Some discomfort after orthodontic appointments is normal. To reduce soreness, avoid foods such as meat or anything chewy. You may take a mild pain reliever or apply a heating pad or warm washcloth to reduce soreness.

Food and Habits to Avoid

Braces are attached to your teeth with glue, that bond can break if you are eating food that is hard on your braces. If this happens, you will need to see an orthodontist.

Food You Must Avoid While Wearing Braces

  • Sticky foods such as caramel, taffy, and gum (sugarless gum is okay)
  • Licorice
  • Hard foods
  • Nuts
  • Hard pretzels
  • Chewing on ice or hard candy
  • Popcorn

Cut food into small bite-size pieces. Here are a few food-prep tips:

  • Cut up meats into small pieces
  • Cut meats off the bone, including ribs and fried chicken
  • Section apples, pears, and oranges
  • Cut corn off the cob
  • Cut salad items into small pieces
  • Scroll-cut carrots
  • Cut or tear pizza, bagels, and crusty bread into small, bite-size pieces

Habits to Avoid

  • Biting pens or pencils
  • Fingernail biting
  • Fingerpicking at your braces

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