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Now that you have your braces...

How do you take care of them?

At Graff Ortho, if we haven't taught you how to maintain and retain your smile, then we haven't done our job properly.  It's important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.

FOODS TO AVOID WITH BRACES:

Chewy foods

Bagels, Licorice

Crunchy foods

Popcorn, Chips, Ice

Sticky foods

Caramel Candies, Chewing Gum

Hard foods

Nuts, Hard Candies

Foods that require biting into

Corn on the Cob, Apples, Carrots

LOOSE TEETH

If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don't worry; this is normal!

Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.

LOOSE WIRES AND BANDS

The wires and bands on your braces may come loose.

If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.

You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.

PLAYING SPORTS WITH BRACES

Game, Set, Match — we have great news for athletes!

You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it's recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance. Let your doctor know if you need help finding the right mouthguard for the best protection.

In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and appliance for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort by applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.

FOODS YOU CAN EAT WITH BRACES:

Dairy

soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks

Breads

soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts

Grains

pasta, soft cooked rice

Meats/poultry

soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats

Seafood

tuna, salmon, crab cakes

Vegetables

mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans

Fruits

applesauce, bananas, fruit juice

Treats

ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake