No-No List

PROPER BRUSHING AND MAINTENANCE OF YOUR BRACES

  • Brush your teeth after every meal or snack.
  • When brushing teeth, use a circular motion and tilt the bristles up toward the gum. Brush your gums first, and then brush your braces.
  • Use a fluoride rinse (ACT or Phos-flur) daily at bedtime. Do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after you rinse.
  • If possible, take a toothbrush to school and brush after lunch.
  • If you don't have time to brush after a meal, rinse vigorously with water.
  • Proper brushing should take 3-5 minutes.
  • Don't forget to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.
  • After you complete you're brushing, take a final look in the mirror to be sure your teeth and braces are clean. If they are not---BRUSH AGAIN UNTIL THEY ARE CLEAN!
  • If anything breaks or comes loose, call us immediately. Bring any broken parts to your next appointment.
  • Take Tylenol or Ibuprofen as needed for soreness.
  • Use wax if something starts to rub. Tear off a small piece, dry the area, and lay it on the rough area.
  • If you have any questions, please ask us at your appointment or call us. We will be happy to help!
  • Excessive breakage of your appliances will cause a delay in your treatment!!

OFFICIAL NO-NO LIST

AVOID ALL HARD, STICKY, OR CHEWY FOODS SUCH AS:

Ice
Chewy pizza crust
Pretzels, nuts
Tortilla Chips
Hard shell tacos
Bagels
Apples
Raw Vegetables
Jawbreakers
Chewing gum
Caramel
Taffy
Licorice
Starburst
Skittles
Snickers
Tootsie Rolls
Jolly Ranchers
Cut meat off bones
Cut corn off cob
Popcorn (can eat hulless)
Suckers
Gummy Bears
Croutons

No chewing on pens, pencils, fingernails or toothpicks.

Make an A in Brushing

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A grading system has been devised to HELP you know how you are doing with your home care. We are working on YOUR teeth and it is YOUR responsibility to keep them clean. It is our job to straighten your teeth and to show you how to brush and take care of them. As a team we can end up with a beautiful cavity-free smile.

We must each do our part!

A Indicates no food on your teeth and no swelling of your gums. You have been regular and thorough with the care of your teeth. Nightly flossing is usually necessary to achieve an A grade.
B Indicates no food on your teeth, but you have some swelling and infection present in a mild state. This usually indicates that since your last appointment you have been using improper technique in the removal of plaque and this has caused swelling and infection.
C Indicates you have food present on your teeth at the time of your adjustment appointment. Damage to your teeth and gums becomes a possibility when "C" level hygiene is not improved.
D Indicates a considerable amount of food is present on your teeth at the time of your adjustment appointment. Damage to your teeth and gums is highly likely to occur and improvement in your dental hygiene must be made if your orthodontic treatment is to continue without damaging your teeth.
F Indicates totally inadequate oral hygiene. Significant damage to your teeth and gums can occur if your orthodontic treatment is continued. If your oral hygiene is not improved immediately, your braces will need to be removed before decay destroys your teeth and infection of your gums produces periodontal disease.

 

We care about helping you achieve a great smile and good functioning teeth, and we also care about helping you prevent decay and gum disease.

Let's work together to assure a successful outcome!