Your teeth may be a little sore for the first week in braces or after adjustments; so we recommend sticking to a soft food diet until the discomfort subsides. While in braces you can eat about anything, but there are a few exceptions. You should avoid hard foods, such nuts, hard candy,corn chips, and even chewing on ice These foods may dislodge brackets or bend wires. Also, avoid sticky foods, including licorice and caramel. It is also important to minimize foods high in sugar, like candy and cookies, and reduce sugary drinks to once a day. Because it is hard to clean the teeth thoroughly, you are more prone to cavities.
Braces take extra oral hygiene home care. We recommend brushing at least 3 times a day and flossing with a floss threader under the wire at least twice a day. It is important to also use all dental products available in your brace care kit while in treatment.
A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the Proxabrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The Proxabrush will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums. This is also provided in your dental care kit.
MI paste is a prescription toothpaste that helps prevent tooth decay while you are wearing braces by replacing minerals in tooth enamel that have been exposed to harmful acids. The use of MI Paste does not replace daily brushing and flossing but should be done following your daily schedule at bedtime. Place a pea-size of MI Paste on a toothbrush and apply it to your teeth for two minutes and spit it out. Do not rinse with water afterwards. You may not eat or drink for 30 minutes after you use MI Paste. It is important for the active ingredient “recaldent” to stay on your teeth for 30 minutes, so do not wash it away by eating or drinking.
Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, clean your appliance daily. We do sell an appliance cleaner at the office which will help in keeping your appliance fresh, prevent plaque build up and bacterial accumulation.