670 Patrick Place, Brownsburg, IN 317-858-4688

Life with Braces

Life with Braces

 

first day in braces


The adhesive used for attaching braces to your teeth cures quickly, but takes 24 hours to completely cure. You can eat anytime after leaving the office: however, we ask that you avoid the foods that may be harmful to your braces. Until you become accustomed to eating with your new braces, you may find it helpful to follow a diet consisting of soft foods.

Will braces cause discomfort?

Initially, the braces will feel like they “stick out”. As you become accustomed to your braces and tooth alignment improves, this sensation will disappear and will cease to be a concern. Although the brackets have been rounded and smoothed, until the cheeks and lips have “toughened” you may find it helpful to use a small piece of soft wax around the bracket that is creating the irritation. If your supply of wax runs out, please call our office for more. You will probably notice some discomfort beginning a few hours after your braces are placed. Some teeth, usually the front teeth, may be “tender” and sensitive to pressure. Occasionally, patients report that they experience no discomfort, but some have some soreness beginning during the first eight hours and fading within the week. Exactly when the discomfort ceases is impossible to predict and differs for each patient. You may wish to take non-prescription pain remedies (i.e. Tylenol or Ibuprofen), commonly taken for other discomfort, such as headaches. For maximum effectiveness, it may be best to take medication before the discomfort begins.

Before leaving the office:

There are routine steps in which we ask that you completed prior to leaving the office. These steps will minimize discomfort related to irritation from the braces and ensure and optimal response to treatment.Please make these steps a part of each office visit

 

1Using your finger and tongue check that wire ends do not extend into areas that might poke or irritate the cheek or tongue.

2 Make sure you have and adequate supply of soft wax, elastic bands or other related materials you may need between appointments.

3 Make sure that your questions about treatment are answered. Treatment goes better when everyone understands the treatment process.

4 Make sure you understand what you are to do until you next appointment. This could include wearing an appliance or elastics as instructed, adjusting an expander or following specific brushing or diet instructions.

5 Always schedule you next appointments before leaving the office. Waiting 1-2 weeks after an appointment before scheduling your next office visit complicates the scheduling process, since appointments are reserved 4-10 weeks in advance. Postponing appointments is a common contributor to overtime treatment.

 

eating with braces


There are certain foods and habits that are known to cause braces to break. The doctor sets as goal amount of time in which she would like to complete your treatment, this time can be extended if there are multiple breakages during treatment. Be sure you do not lengthen treatment time through problems you can avoid! Potential harm to your teeth and gums: Sticky foods are to be avoided because of the increased risk of dental decay and appliance breakage. These foods stick to your braces and remain on your teeth for long periods of time. If foods or drinks high in sugar content are to be consumed, we advise having with regular meals or at one given time of day. Please make sure that careful brushing and rinsing take place immediately afterwards. Snacks should be confined to foods without refined sugar and be followed by vigorous rinsing if a toothbrush is not available.

 

The following foods can be particularly harmful to your teeth while wearing braces:

Taffy, caramels and sticky candies
Popcorn seeds Corn chips, hard tacos, tortilla chips
Nuts, peanut brittle, granola bars
Hard candies, candy bars with nuts
Whole raw fruit and vegetables (should be cut into bite size pieces)

Potential harm to your braces:

Braces have been attached to your teeth with an adhesive that normally will withstand the forces of eating. However, braces can be dislodged and wires bent or broken while eating certain foods. Chewing ice cubes can also be very destructive to your appliances. Some foods such as whole apples, raw carrots, or celery are healthy but must be cut into pieces to avoid damaging your braces. Popcorn can cause harm in multiple ways. The husks from the popcorn can become lodged beneath the braces and cause irritation to the gum tissue. Unpopped kernels can sheer or break off brackets as well as bend or dislodge wires. Please inspect your braces after eating certain foods that may become caught on the braces or beneath the gums. If you have any questions about dietary recommendations or good food choices, PLEASE ASK!

 

The best way to ensure a clean and healthy smile is brushing and flossing. Food particles can accumulate on teeth and in braces, and over time become plaque. The bacteria that results from this accumulation can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even enamel scarring. To avoid these problems while you are in orthodontic treatment, take care of your braces, teeth, and gums to ensure you will have the best possible result.

BRUSHING

 

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small, circular motions to reach food particles that may be hidden under your brackets. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth, between braces, and the surface of each tooth. It will take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Brush up on the lower teeth, down on the upper teeth, and along the chewing surface of your front and back teeth. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse.

Especially during orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth after all meals and snacks to avoid the accumulation of food particles in your teeth and braces.

Your will need to replace your toothbrush more often due to your orthodontic appliances. As soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush with a new one. It may be difficult for your toothbrush to reach some areas under your archwire, so we provide proxy brushes (Christmas tree brushes) to easily clean these areas. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after you finish brushing. It is important to floss and rinse with Act Fluroide throughout your orthodontic treatment.

FLOSSING

 

For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach, use dental floss to remove food particles and plaque. Flossing takes more time and patience when you are wearing braces, but is important to floss your teeth everyday.

Remember: Clean, healthy teeth and gums allow your teeth to move more quickly!

Use reusable floss threader provided by our office to floss under your archwire daily. Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser through the threader and slide it under the archwire. Glide the floss up and down and back and forth between the teeth to gum line. Don’t forget to floss behind all of your back teeth. Floss at bedtime to make sure your teeth are clean before you go to bed. Move to a new section of floss if it becomes visibly soiled. Use care around your archwire to not floss too forcefully around it or put too much pressure on it.

 

When you first begin flossing around your braces, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first week of consistent flossing, inform a member of our team at your next appointment.

Your will need to replace your toothbrush more often due to your orthodontic appliances. As soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush with a new one. It may be difficult for your toothbrush to reach some areas under your archwire, so we provide proxy brushes (Christmas tree brushes) to easily clean these areas. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after you finish brushing. It is important to floss and rinse with Act Fluroide throughout your orthodontic treatment.