There might be some general tenderness of your teeth and mouth. You may need to take some form of pain reliever (what you would normally take for a headache). This tenderness usually subsides within 3 to 7 days.
Use the wax provided in your kit to stop the braces and wires from rubbing on the inside of your cheeks and lips to prevent sore spots.
While your teeth are tender stick to softer foods such as pastas, fish, ice cream, custards, soups, etc.
Tooth Brushing & Oral Hygiene
We recommend you use a soft bristled tooth brush with a small head. Electric and sonic tooth brushes are also acceptable.
Brush your teeth after meals and snacks. Flossing is also highly recommended.
If you have eaten while away from home, use your interdental brush to dislodge any food that may get caught around your braces.
Rinsing with water is another way to dislodge food from your braces, and to keep sugar from sitting on your teeth.
Floss your teeth at least once a day.
We recommend that you have a regular check up with your dentist every 6 months.
Foods to Avoid
Eating these or similar foods will break or loosen your braces. Please be careful at all times when eating:
Nuts & Popcorn
Chocolate bars with Nuts and Caramel
Crusts on Pies and Pizzas
Starburst, Gummy Bears etc…
Cut up raw carrots, apples and corn on the cob into bite size pieces, to avoid knocking off a bracket.
Avoid chewing on pencils, pens and fingernails.
Adjustment appointments are usually 6-8 weeks apart.
If you ever wonder what is happening with your child’s treatment, parents are welcome to come in with their child so that they can speak with Dr. Just or a member of the team.
We understand that our patients lead busy lives, however we ask that you provide our office with at least 24 hours notice should you be unable to attend your scheduled appointment.
Cancelling an appointment may mean that your desired appointment time may then be unavailable.
Please check in with the Welcome Desk on arrival and also prior to leaving the office.
Late arrival for your appointment may result in the need to reschedule your appointment to another date and time.
NOTE: Continue your regular dental check-ups with your family dentist at 6 month intervals. Your best effort to follow instructions and your hard work will soon reward you with a healthy, beautiful smile.
If you ever have any questions/concerns regarding your Orthodontic Treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to help.