Life With Braces

The tools we use in orthodontics are constantly being updated. Treatment times are faster. The braces we use at Morrish and Stewart Orthodontics have a lower profile, making them more comfortable and easier to keep clean. Wearing braces is much easier than it used to be. However, there are still a number of things you can do to assure that your time in braces is the best it can be – and also that your straight, new smile will also look good once the braces come off:

  • Brush, floss and use a fluoride rinse to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Brushing around braces and orthodontic appliances takes more effort to keep things clean, but the results are worth the effort!
  • Keeping your scheduled appointments helps your treatment to move forward without interruptions.
  • When instructed to wear rubber bands, wear them as directed. If you are required to wear an appliance, wear it as directed. This will keep your treatment on schedule, and move you along toward completion of your orthodontic treatment.
  • If the braces irritate your cheeks or lips use the orthodontic wax that we provided at your initial bonding appointment. If you need more and it’s after hours, any drugstore carries it in the dental supply area.
  • Handle all your orthodontic appliances (retainers, night guards, etc.) with care. If something breaks or is lost, call us, and we’ll discuss replacement.

Eating Right With Braces

For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

Minimize Sugary Foods like:

Only Once a Day: