When you get fitted with braces at Guymon, you’re part of our team. Together, we make sure you’re equipped with all the techniques you need to keep your treatment on track.
Brushing and Flossing: It’s crucial that you brush and floss after every meal. Each appliance may require a slightly different technique, so we’ll make sure we show you the ropes once you receive yours.
Eating with Braces: You’ll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time, but right now, it’s important you don’t eat anything that could damage your braces or cause you any extra discomfort.
We know it’s hard, but avoid:
- Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
- Hard foods — popcorn, chips, ice, nuts, hard candies
- Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
- Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Generally, everything else is fair game, but use your best judgment. If it looks or feels like it’s going to be an issue, it probably will be.
It’s easy to forget popcorn is a no-go or chomp down on some taffy without thinking. If anything breaks, feel free to call. We’re here to help!
Soreness Caused from Braces and Appliances: It’s natural for your mouth to feel sore, especially after an appointment. First, try gargling warm salt-water. If the soreness doesn’t go away, try an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Sometimes, the brackets can rub wrong or cause extra irritation, in which case we offer bits of wax to place on the brackets to alleviate abrasions. If you need any wax, or think you might need any, just let us know.
Loose Teeth: Don’t worry, it’s normal! Your braces first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.
Loose Wires and Bands: If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.
You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.
Take Care of Your Appliances: Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by Dr. Guymon.
Playing Sports with Braces: For the athletes and the weekend warriors, you can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! It’s recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance during play.
Let Dr. Guymon know if you need help finding the right mouthguard for the best protection. In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and appliance for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please contact our office right away. See above sections for guidance on temporary fixes and relief.