Getting braces is one of the best things patients can do to achieve a long-lasting, beautiful smile. No matter if they’re traditional metal braces or Invisalign® braces, it’s important you do everything you can to make sure your teeth stay clean and healthy. To ensure patients properly care for their braces and their teeth, the orthodontists at Studio32 Orthodontics have comprised a comprehensive set of do’s and dont's for braces. Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us or to schedule an appointment.
What You Should Do
- Enjoy healthy foods that are good for your body and good for your braces.
- Cut up apples and carrots and other hard veggies into bite-sized pieces.
- Chew gum — yes, you read that right — you CAN chew gum as long as it's sugar-free. Even better if the first ingredient is xylitol as it will help prevent cavities while you chew.
- Enjoy sweets, in moderation of course, as long as they are soft like ice cream, frozen yogurt, cake, cookies, and even chocolate.
- Wear a mouthguard if you play contact sports. We have them in the office for you so just ask. And tell us what you play — we may show up at a game sometime!
- Call us right away if something feels loose or broken. If we are unaware of the problem ahead of time, it may not always be possible to fix it at your regular appointment.
- Brush and floss. Brush and floss. Brush and floss. Brush and floss. Brush and floss. Brush and floss. You get the picture.
- Make sure you see your general dentist at least every 6 months for an exam and cleaning. Don't be a stranger; the dentist will miss you and your teeth!
- Keep your appointments, arrive on-time and wear your rubberbands! This truly will help make your treatment shorter.
- Enjoy the process :)
What You Shouldn't Do
- Eat ice — the ultimate brace destroyer!
- Chew on foreign objects such as pens, pencils and fingernails.
- Eat hard candies such as Jolly Ranchers, hard peppermints, Blow Pops, etc.
- Eat sticky, chewy candies such as Starburst, Now-N-Laters, etc.
- Eat tough breads such as thick pizza crusts and bagels.
- Eat hard, crunchy snacks such as chips and nuts
- Eat popcorn. That's a tough one, I know, it"s Dr. M"s favorite too, but the hulls can get stuck under your braces and can cause gum irritations. OK ... If you do eat popcorn, just be careful and brush well after!
- Drink sugary and carbonated drinks. The sugar and acidity can stain your teeth and cause cavities.
- Hesitate to talk to Dr. Mullally if you have any questions, concerns, or even frustrations. She wore braces for 5 years and knows everything you are going through. Ask her about the time she lost her retainer at camp and they held it up in front of the whole dance to ask whose it was. OMG!