Brace Care

brace-careFoods to Avoid

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:

Gum (sugar-free or regular)
Licorice
Sugar Daddies
Toffee
Tootsie Rolls
Caramels
Starburst
Gummy Treats
Fruit Roll-ups
Skittles

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

Ice
Nuts
Hard taco shells
Bagels
French bread crust/rolls
Corn on the cob
Apples (unless cut up)
Chips
Jolly Ranchers
Pizza crust
Uncooked carrots (unless sliced very thin or shredded)

Minimize Sugary Foods like:

Cake
Ice Cream
Cookies
Pie
Candy

Only Once a Day:

Soda
Sweetened tea
Gatorade
Kool-Aid
Drinks with sugar

It’s important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.

Your First Few Days in Braces

At Dr. Sanford's office, we use state-of-the-art materials to provide gentle, yet effective treatment. Most patients experience a minimal amount of discomfort, which passes in a few days or so.

Retention

When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts throughout high school, with check-up visits to our office for the first 12 months. Holding your final orthodontic result depends on a commitment to regular retainer wear, so follow through with the work you've put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer carefully while cradled in your hand before placing it back in your mouth. Soaking retainers at least twice a week in retainer/denture cleaner will disinfect them as well as refresh them.

44 Old Ridgefield Rd.
Piersall Building, Suite 218
Wilton Center
Wilton, CT 06897
Phone: 203-762-2322
Fax: 203-761-9862
info@sanfordorthodontics.com

Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.