Helpful Videos and How To Instructions

We’ve assembled these quick and easy to follow videos for those in Orthodontic treatment to help you maintain and keep your treatment plan on-track.  If you have any concerns or question, please contact us as per the directions above.

Foods we consider to be hard and sticky

Ice cubes
Bones / ribs
Popcorn / Nuts
Pretzels / Nachos / Doritos
Raw fruit & Vegetables
Beef Jerky
Hard bread / Pizza crust
Gum
Caramels / Taffy
Chew candy

  • Hard breads and raw vegetables (apples, carrots, etc.) can be cut into small pieces and chewed with the back teeth.
  • FOODS HIGH IN SUGAR contribute to tooth decay by feeding bacterial plaque. If foods and drinks high in sugar are consumed, the teeth should be brushed immediately.
  • Foods that are hard, sticky or high in sugar can affect orthodontic treatment by:
  • Loosing brackets and/or appliances
  • Bending or breaking wires and/or appliances
  • Causing decalcification and decay of teeth
  • Breakage of orthodontic brackets and/or appliances is a sign of neglect. Braces and appliances should be treated with continuous care throughout the duration of treatment.

Orthodontic Tips & Pointers

Things To Expect:

  • Expect your teeth to become tender in a few hours after the application of your braces. This indicates there is movement already taking place, even if you cannot see it.
  • Your cheek may become uncomfortable as the brackets are now rubbing against them. Warm salt water rinses a few times a day can help alleviate this discomfort and promote healing to help your tissues strengthen.
  • Wax has been provided to you to help as a barrier between your brackets and tissues, use it as you see fit.
  • Build-ups on your teeth have been placed to prevent you from biting off any of your brackets and to help open your bite. This will progress your overall treatment time.
  • Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is the MOST IMPORTANT role you have as a patient. How you brush and floss on a daily basis does matter! Oral hygiene is assessed at every appointment, if there is a deficit in this area you will be sent to “Hygiene School”.

 

Poor oral hygiene can result in:

  • Permanent white spots on your teeth (initial cavity forming stage)
    Cavities
  • Halitosis (unpleasant mouth odour) caused by excess bacteria and food debris
  • Gingival hyperplasia (Puffy, Swollen gums) your bodies way of fighting bacteria.
  • YOUR TEETH NOT MOVING; PROLONGING TREATMENT TIME
  • Should any of your brackets come off before your next scheduled appointment; don’t be alarmed. If it is causing you discomfort, please call the office & schedule an appointment.
  • Should a wire begin to poke your cheek, either call the office or try to clip it yourself using a clean cuticle cutter or hobby wire cutters.
  • Proper nutrition plays an important role in your orthodontic treatment. Eating a well balanced diet aids in the health of your oral cavity.
  • The first 24 hours we recommend a soft diet of soups, smoothies etc. If solid foods are consumed to quickly, this may result in brackets loosening and coming off.

Soothing Smoothies: For when chewing with braces becomes difficult

  • 1 cup almond milk or coconut water
  • green apple slices
  • orange slices
  • mango chunks
  • blueberries
  • 1 cup almond milk or coconut water
  • 1 avocado
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup almond milk or coconut water
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2-3 tbsp vanilla greek yogurt or frozen yogurt
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • 1 cup almond milk or coconut water
  • 2-3 tbsp vanilla greek yogurt or frozen yogurt
  • mango chunks
  • orange slices