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:
Popcorn, Chips, Ice
Caramel Candies, Chewing Gum
Nuts, Hard Candies
Foods that require biting into
Corn on the Cob, Apples, Carrots
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:
soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
pasta, soft cooked rice
soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
tuna, salmon, crab cakes
mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake