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Caring for your braces

Life with braces can be easy as long as you follow a few important tips and tricks while receiving orthodontic treatment. At the Orthodontic Specialists of Lake County, we like to prepare our patients with helpful information to ensure a fast and successful treatment.

General guidelines

Taking care of your teeth while wearing braces can be tricky. However, good oral hygiene practices, combined with a few extra home care routines specific to braces, make it possible for you to enjoy good oral health even while wearing braces.

  • Always remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
  • Use toothpaste that contains fluoride and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help to prevent cavities.
  • Keep your retainer clean by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
  • During your treatment, avoid foods with a lot of sugar. Sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly more cavities.
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).
  • Remember to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months, even while wearing braces.

General guidelines

Loose wire - Using a pair of tweezers or needle-nosed pliers, try to put your wire back into place. It is okay to use a piece of floss to tie the wire into place: tie the floss around the bracket in place of the missing colored o-ring. If you cannot put the wire into a comfortable position, and covering the end with wax doesn’t help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If the end of the wire is still sharp place wax on it.

General soreness - When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth, and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. Stick to a soft diet until your teeth do not hurt to chew. Irritated gums and other sore spots can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt-water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.

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