Caring for Your Braces

Dos Don’ts
  • Brush teeth 3x per day
  • Spend extra time brushing/flossing
  • Use fluoride mouthwash
  • Wear elastics as instructed
  • Keep all scheduled appointments
  • Use of the counter anti-inflammatory medication for discomfort
  • See your general dentist at least every 6 months
  • Use dental wax for irritation
  • Bite fingernails
  • Chew on pens or pencils
  • Wait to report problems
  • Brush teeth too aggressively
  • Self-adjust braces (if there is an issue call)
  • Miss appointments (it WILL extend treatment time)
  • Use your teeth to open bottles, bags, etc.
  • Forget to wear your retainer as instructed

Food & Drink

Dos Don’ts
  • Yogurt & soft cheese
  • Jell-o and pudding
  • Muffins and soft baked good
  • Thinly sliced apples, peaches, bananas, and grapes
  • Pasta, rice, beans
  • Soup
  • Smoothies and shakes
  • Eggs
  • Oatmeal
  • Xylitol gum
  • Ice – NEVER
  • Corn on the cob – slice corn off
  • Pizza crust, hard pretzels, bagels
  • Whole apples and raw carrots
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Chips – Cheetos, Fritos, etc.
  • Beef Jerky
  • Caramel, hard candy, taffy, licorice, sugary gum
  • Carbonated, acidic, sugary drinks

With a highly trained, professional staff

We will develop a treatment plan to achieve your dream smile

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With a highly trained, professional staff

We will develop a
treatment plan to
achieve your dream smile

Make an Appointment