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LIFE WITH BRACES

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What to expect over the first few days
  • There might be some general tenderness of your teeth and mouth. You may need to take some form of pain reliever (what you would normally take for a headache). This tenderness usually subsides within 3 to 7 days.
  • Use the wax provided in your kit to stop the braces and wires from rubbing on the inside of your cheeks and lips to prevent sore spots.
  • While your teeth are tender stick to softer foods such as pasta, fish, ice cream, custard, soup, etc.


HELPFUL TIPS

TOOTH BRUSHING AND ORAL HYGIENE

  • We recommend you use a soft bristled tooth brush with a small head. Electric and sonic tooth brushes are also acceptable.
  • Brush your teeth after meals and snacks. Flossing is also highly recommended.
  • If you have eaten while away from home, use your interdental brush to dislodge any food that may get caught around your braces.
  • Rinsing with water is another way to dislodge food from your braces, and to keep sugar from sitting on your teeth.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • We recommend that you have a regular check up with your dentist every 6 months
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EATING WITH BRACES

You’ve probably heard from friends and family members who have worn braces that you won’t be able to eat some of your favorite foods while you’re in treatment. That’s true - if your favorite food is hard candy:-). Truth is - you can eat most anything as long as you avoid anything that might cause you to lose a bracket, break a wire, or get tangled up in goo. Here’s a simple, helpful guide to help you avoid any issues. Feel free to print this list out and put it up on the fridge.


Foods to AVOID with braces:


  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum (sugar-free gum is okay)
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods you have to bite into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Foods you CAN eat with braces:


  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, sliced fruit, most berries (but watch out for seeds)
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, cake

RETAINERS FOR LIFE

Patients can opt in to our Lifetime Retainer Program any time prior to the day their braces come off or they finish their last Invisalign® tray. It's a great way to be sure your smile always looks and functions as great as it does when your treatment is complete. Ask us for details when you schedule your initial consultation or anytime during your treatment.
  • This program includes up to 3 sets of clear Trutain retainers per year for life.
  • Lower Bonded retainer repairs free of charge if it is mostly in place.
  • Removable Hawley and Fixed retainer
NOTE: Continue your regular dental check-ups with your family dentist at 6 month intervals
APPOINTMENTS

  • Adjustment appointments are usually 8-12 weeks apart.
  • If you ever wonder what is happening with your child’s treatment, parents are welcome to come in with their child so that they can speak with Dr. DiCiccio or a member of the team.
  • We understand that our patients lead busy lives, however we ask that you provide our office with at least 24 hours notice should you be unable to attend your scheduled appointment.
  • Cancelling an appointment may mean that your desired appointment time may then be unavailable.
  • Please check in with the Welcome Desk on arrival and also prior to leaving the office.
  • Late arrival for your appointment may result in the need to reschedule your appointment to another date and time. Patients who miss their appointment without prior notice may incur a fee.