Jason Aleman D.M.D., M.S. ABO
Yes. Some foods can damage braces and appliances. If you avoid them, you won’t need to make extra visits to the office for repairs. So you’ll need to give up sticky stuff like gum, taffy and other chewy candy. Hard foods like peanuts and popcorn should also be avoided. You can still get your apple a day, just slice it first. Same with carrots and other crunchy vegetables. But don’t worry, you’ll be back to eating your favorites in no time.
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is always important so you’ll still need to brush and floss after every meal. On the day you get your braces, we’ll teach you some new brushing techniques.
If a wire, band or bracket becomes loose, don’t be alarmed; this occasionally happens.Here are some tricks you may try at home before calling the office. If a wire is protruding and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (back of spoon or the end of an eraser) and carefully push the irritating wire under the arch wire. If a wire is irritating the lips or mouth try placing a strip of wax over the bracket or wire.
If the wire should come out of the bracket, try placing it back in the tube with a pair of tweezers.
If you are unable to get comfortable, you may contact our office. An emergency appointment will be made when there is severe pain, a loose band, bracket or a broken wire sticking out and causing irritation. If you have an emergency on a weekend or on a day that the office is closed, please call the office phone number. A message will direct you to a person whom is capable of handling your situation.