Instructions for Orthodontic Patients

Boy with braces

I. Tooth Brushing and Flossing

A. Brush your teeth and gums thoroughly after each meal. Floss at least once a day after brushing.

  • Brush your teeth in all directions.
  • Use of a fluoridated toothpaste is recommended. (If toothpaste is unavailable, brush without.)
  • Use your fluoride mouth rinse each night after brushing prior to bedtime.

II. Eating Habits

A. Nothing sticky, gummy, chewy or hard. Examples:

  • No gum, caramels, taffy or whole bagels.
  • No popcorn, nuts or ice cubes.
  • Cut raw fruits and vegetables into sections.
  • Cut corn off the cob.
  • Don’t bite into chicken or ribs on the bone.

III. Helpful Hints for Irritation

  • Use white wax to cover the appliance.
  • Rinse mouth with warm salt water.
  • For tooth soreness take a mild analgesic or whatever you would normally take for a headache or similar pain.

IV. Telephone

  • Feel free to call if there are any questions.
  • Call immediately if a wire breaks or of a band or bracket comes loose. We need to schedule a special appointment to repair.
  • Please call 24 hours in advance to cancel an appointment.

V. Important – Do Not Forget!

  • If you are wearing a night brace, retainer or functional appliance, always bring it with you to each appointment.
  • Broken appointments will prolong treatment.
  • Cooperation in wearing elastics, night brace, and all removable appliances is most important to treatment success.
  • See your dentist for regular dental check-ups.