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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

How to Eat With Braces

Eating habits will need to change once you start orthodontics, if you want it to go smoothly and quickly that is! To get the best smile possible for you, YOU have to care for your teeth as well as your braces! A good rule of thumb is if the item you want to eat is hard, sticky, or should probably avoid it!
During the first few days of braces, your teeth may be sore, so eating softer foods like yogurt, fruits (cut into bite sized pieces) or soup, slowly and gently until the soreness subsides, is the best way to minimize further pain. Also, a softer diet with less acidic beverages help keep brackets from coming off and wires
from breaking so treatment progresses smoothly.

Cleaning after eating:
There are many nooks and crannies where food can catch-so, you must be especially careful. Pay particular attention to the area next to the gum. This is a DANGER ZONE. Brush your teeth carefully and thoroughly. Vigorously rinse out any food that has been loosened. Poor brushing may result in permanent stains on your teeth.
Brush your teeth with the toothbrush Dr. Bertolini recommended. Start at the back and use a rotation movement. Brush your teeth as they grow, top teeth downward and bottom ones upward. Now, repeat the same procedures on the inner surfaces (the tongue side)of your teeth...downward for uppers and upward for lowers.

Next, run the brush along your arch wires carefully and slowly. Pay particular attention to the tooth surfaces between your gums and the bands. Rinse your mouth and check your teeth, gums and appliances in the mirror. Does your whole mouth look clean and do your bands sparkle? If your teeth are not completely clean - brush them again!


Clean bands are less noticeable than dirty bands. Only you can give your teeth and appliances proper care. Teeth move faster in a clean, healthy mouth!

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