Keys to Success
Brushing Your Teeth with Braces
- Using a damp brush place bristles where gums and teeth meet.
- For 10 seconds on each tooth use circular, vibrating motions around the gum lines.
- Every tooth of both arches should be brushed slowly.
- Place an English Pea size amount of toothpaste on your brush. Now brush the roof of your mouth and tongue too.
Keep Calm and Wear Your Rubber Bands
Eating with Braces
Foods to Avoid
- Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
- Sticky foods: caramels, gum
- Hard foods: nuts, candy
- Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
- Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.
- Wear your retainers according to your wearing schedule, unless Dr. Muse instructs otherwise.
- Take your retainers out when eating and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.)
- Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors. Efferdent® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used, but do not take the place of brushing.
- When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Pets love to chew on them!
- Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to them faster.
- Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.
- Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
- Retainer replacement is expensive but with proper care they will last for years.
- Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.