Foods to Avoid
A lot of orthodontic practices hand out lists of “forbidden foods”. Valley Orthodontic Group will not do that. In his 25+ years of practice, Dr. Grob hasn’t had a large problem with patients having cavities or breakage. However, it is very wise to avoid consuming a lot of sugary foods and drinks like soda, sweetened juices, candy, etc. Ice cubes should also be avoided, and don’t forget to cut up crunchy things like apples into smaller pieces. We also suggest always brushing after eating and doing a fluoride rinse at bedtime for extra insurance.
After your braces are put on, you might feel some slight soreness throughout your mouth, and your teeth may be tender to biting pressures, for 3 – 5 days. It can help to take Tylenol or a similar pain reliever for discomfort. You might also notice that your lips, cheeks and tongue may become slightly irritated for the first two weeks because they too are becoming accustomed to the braces. We can gladly supply wax to apply to your braces in irritated areas to minimize any discomfort. If your school, parents, and/or jaw feel ok with it, we have found that chewing sugarless gum helps quite well on pokey wires and is good for preventing tooth decay, too.
Loosening of Teeth
Your teeth will loosen slightly as they are finding their new “groove”, and it is OK!
Loose Wire or Band
If a wire or band comes loose, don’t be alarmed! This can happen from time to time. If a wire is sticking out and feels irritating, use a blunt tool (like the eraser end of a pencil) and very gently and carefully try to push the wire back under the archwire. Your goal should be to simply move it out of the way and reduce soreness until your next appointment. If you continue to feel tenderness, place some wax or a piece of wet cotton on the wire to shield it and lessen the annoyance. Remember to call Valley Orthodontic Group ASAP to make an appointment to repair the problem.
Rubber Band Wear
Rubber bands are typically worn at the end of one’s orthodontic treatment to properly mesh the teeth. In order to work, the bands need to be worn FULL TIME. Teeth can almost always be made straight by braces, but the level of quality of the finished product almost always has to do with the proper use of rubber bands.
It is important to let us know if you are involved in any sports. We will provide you with a protective mouthguard to wear while playing contact sports.