YOU NOW HAVE ORTHODONTIC DEVICES GLUED TO YOUR TEETH!!
FOR THE HEALTH OF YOUR TEETH AND GUMS:
Please brush after every meal with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day as we have instructed you. An electric toothbrush can help make cleaning around your braces easier. We expect to see teeth, gums and braces clean, healthy and shiny at every appointment.
DR. BOUTIN SUGGESTS that every orthodontic patient should rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse twice a day for two minutes at a time to protect the
Flossing with Braces
Because we are concerned with your comfort and because we want your orthodontic treatment to progress smoothly and efficiently, we want to offer you some helpful advice for the care of your braces.
AVOID EATING HARD and/or STICKY FOODS
Even though they are designed to hold up in the harsh environment of people's mouths, our orthodontic appliances are NOT indestructible. Jaw muscles are very strong and biting off center or eating hard foods can easily transmit heavy forces to the devices on your teeth. This can bend wires and/or cause braces or bands to come “unglued”. Repairing broken orthodontic devices is expensive and the extra time and cost involved is not something we can easily predict and is not necessarily included in our original fee/time estimates.
DO NOT EAT: Partially popped or unpopped kernels of popcorn
DO NOT EAT: Ice, ice cubes or hard frozen things – these are big NO-NO’s
DO NOT EAT: Nuts, peanuts, peanut brittle
DO NOT EAT: Hard or sticky candies of any kind (think before you bite!!!)
DO NOT EAT: Bones (take meat off bones with utensils, not with your teeth)
DO NOT EAT: Large hard raw vegetables (cut carrots up into small pieces first!)
DO NOT EAT: Hard bread crusts or thick or crispy pizza crusts
DO NOT BITE DIRECTLY INTO crunchy fruit (apples) or ones with pits (cut them up first!)
DO NOT BITE DIRECTLY INTO corn on the cob- remove the corn from the cob first!
DO NOT CHEW on the ends of pencils or pens (they have no nutritive value anyway!)
DO NOT CHEW gum unless the packaging says that it will not stick to dental work
DO NOT BITE YOUR NAILS- may cause excessive shortening of tooth roots!
IF YOU DO BREAK SOMETHING PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE RIGHT AWAY TO SCHEDULE A REPAIR APPOINTMENT. DECAY CAN START UNDER LOOSE ORTHODONTIC DEVICES or teeth can move in the wrong direction if things are bent or broken, complicating and/or lengthening your orthodontic treatment. OUR NUMBER IS 284-5202 ext. 1.
FOR YOUR COMFORT:
If braces or wires irritate your lips or cheeks, cover the part of the brace that is bothering you with a piece of soft wax we have provided. Wax is also available in many pharmacies and grocery stores. If the tissue irritation is really uncomfortable, try rinsing several times a day with warm salt water (a glass of warm water + 1 tsp of salt).
After we do “adjustments” a patient’s teeth will usually be sore and tender for two to seven days, especially to biting pressure. Please take Tylenol if you need to (follow the dosage instructions on the bottle), and keep taking it every 4-6 hours for a couple of days. Some people find that chewing a piece of non-stick gum for about 5 minutes helps reduce the tenderness in the teeth - it is like a “tooth massage”. Please do not chew gum chronically, as it is not healthy for jaw joints.
YOU MUST WEAR A MOUTH GUARD FOR CONTACT SPORTS OR FOR SPORTS WHERE COLLISIONS OR BLOWS TO THE FACE ARE POSSIBLE( this applies to soccer, basketball, baseball, skiing, luge, etc…) ASK US ABOUT SPECIAL ONES THAT FIT AROUND BRACES!