Life with Braces

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  • Appliance Care & Mouth Guards

    Your orthodontic treatment is more likely to go according to plan if you take good care of your braces and orthodontic appliances throughout the process. As a patient, you must work together with your orthodontist to make sure your treatment is a success. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances ...
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  • Diet & Food Choices

    Having braces doesn't have to stop you from eating a wide variety of foods! With care and a few easy limitations, you should be able to eat most of the foods you normally do. What can you eat? Actually, you can still eat just about everything you normally would, so let's talk about what you can't eat instead! For the first few days after getting your braces, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. ...
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  • Oral Hygiene

    It's more important than ever to brush and floss regularly and thoroughly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. All the different parts of your braces, from the wires and springs, to rubber bands, can attract food and plaque. This can stain or damage teeth if not brushed away frequently and thoroughly. If you don't think you can keep your teeth clean well enough on your own, you ma...
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  • Pain Management & Emergencies

    During orthodontic treatment, your mouth changes a lot. Knowing what to expect when you first start your orthodontic treatment can go a long way in making the process go more smoothly. Soreness When you first get your braces on, you may feel discomfort in your mouth, and your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for a few days or up to a week. You'll also likely experience some of the same kind of soreness after your adju...
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  • Retainers & Expanders

    Retainers and Expanders are extremely important parts of your orthodontic treatment, so be sure to follow these instructions carefully, to ensure that they do as effective a job as possible! Retainer Instructions Wear your retainer full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise. Take your retainer out when eating... and always put it right back in its case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or re...
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