Getting braces can be an exciting time for patients. It can also be somewhat overwhelming at times, and you may have questions during the process. At Khouri Orthodontics, we are here to help you with any questions or concerns that you may have.
Life with Braces
- You may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore for the first few days of having your braces. The pain, which is perfectly normal, should go away within a day or two. HINT: Soft foods, such as milkshakes, smoothies, ice cream, pasta, mashed potatoes, etc., may be helpful during this time. If necessary, over the counter pain relief can be used.
- BRUSH, BRUSH, BRUSH your teeth. Food can get trapped between the wires and brackets on your teeth which can develop into cavities. This can slow the process of your treatment time.
- FLOSS, FLOSS, FLOSS between your teeth. Flossing is important because it gets the trapped bacteria away from your teeth that is hiding.
- Which should I do first, you ask — Brush or floss? There is no difference, as long as you are doing a thorough job. Brushing and flossing are the best way to remove decay and plaque from your teeth. Remember to see your regular dentist every six months for regular cleanings.
- Remember to stay away from anything HARD, STICKY or CHEWY, as these types of food can break your braces.
- Have fun with your braces! At each maintenance visit you will have the option of changing the color of your o-rings. We love seeing what colors our patients pick!
Brushing & Flossing
Using a brush with a small amount of toothpaste, place the brush where the gum line and the teeth meet.
Brush around the gum lines and each tooth. Carefully pay attention to the area around the brackets and bands.
Brush the lower teeth with the brush facing up. Brush the upper teeth with the brush facing down.
Pull floss between wire and braces.
Use floss threaders as needed.
Floss around the braces, gum area and each tooth
Parts of Braces
Flossing with Braces
Foods that are chewy, sticky, and crunchy can cause damage to your braces or appliance. Please avoid these types of food, as well as those that are high in sugar. Fixing and replacing broken parts may lengthen your treatment time.
Hard candies to avoid
Hard candies, chips, popcorn, nuts, pizza crust, bagel, ice, etc.
Chewy and Sticky Foods to Avoid
Gum, taffy, caramel, sugar daddies, skittles, starburst, etc. Fruits and vegetables should be cooked or cut into small pieces. Please use common sense when choosing foods and avoid chewing on pen, pencils, etc