Brace Care

ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT WITH BRACES

Take Care of Your 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. 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.

During your first few weeks of treatment, you should avoid (or at least minimize consumption) of the following types of food:

  • Sticky Foods
  • Hard Foods
  • Sugary Foods
STICKY FOODS TO AVOID

Gum (sugar-free or regular)

Licorice

Sugar Daddies

Toffee

Tootsie Rolls

Caramels

Starburst

Gummy Treats

Fruit Roll-ups

Skittles

HARD FOODS TO AVOID


Uncooked carrots (unless sliced or shredded)
Ice

Nuts

Hard taco shells

Bagels

French bread crust/rolls

Corn on the cob

Apples (unless cut up)

Chips

Jolly Ranchers

Pizza crust

SUGARY FOODS TO AVOID

Drinks with added sugar
Cake

Ice Cream

Cookies

Pie

Candy
Soda

Sweetened Tea

Gatorade

Kool-Aid


Your First Few Days in Braces

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

AFTER YOUR BRACES ARE REMOVED

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. 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.