Now that you have braces on, it is more important than ever to take care in keeping your teeth extra clean.  We recommend that you see your family or pediatric dentist at least once every 6 months for a thorough cleaning and checkup.

Plaque can hide around the braces and if it is not effectively removed, the bacteria in the plaque can erode or decalcify tooth enamel.  The decalcifications show up as white spots on teeth.  These white stains are often permanent.

To make sure you have a beautiful healthy smile follow these easy steps.

  • Brush carefully after every meal paying extra attention to the areas around the bands, brackets and under the wires.
  • Floss and proxy brush daily.
  • Use a Fluoride rinse daily.
  • Decrease your intake of foods and drinks high in sugar and/or acid.


Our goal is to provide you with a beautiful smile.  This can only be accomplished if the braces stay attached to your teeth.  As such, we ask that you watch the types of foods you eat.  Some types of foods are capable of breaking your bands or brackets, bending your wires (which can cause teeth to move in the wrong direction), or breaking the cement under your bands and brackets.  All of these things extend treatment time.

Foods that commonly cause loose bands, brackets, and broken appliances include (but are not limited to):

Hard Foods:

  1. Ice
  2. Hard edges of pizza
  3. Crisp French fries (soft fries are okay)
  4. Nuts
  5. All potato chips, Fritos, Doritos, etc.
  6. Popcorn
  7. Lifesavers
  8. Peppermint Sticks
  9. Carrots & apples may be eaten only in small pieces
  10. Corn-on-the-cob (may be eaten if sliced off the cob)
  11. Ribs (may be eaten if meat is sliced off the bone)
  12. Chicken or other meats are okay if cut into small pieces and not torn from the bone with the front teeth

Sticky Food

  1. Sticky candies such as: caramels, Starburst, jelly beans, licorice, Jolly Ranchers, Sugar Daddies, etc.
  2. Gum
  3. Peanut Brittle
  4. Fruit Rollups

Frequent intake of sweet and/or acidic foods and drinks can increase your chances of getting white spots and cavities.  Please try to limit your intake of sugary foods and beverages to special occasions only.


Now that you have your braces on, proper care and maintenance are important for successful treatment.  If an issue should arise here are some guidelines of what is considered an emergency and what can wait for the next available appointment.


  • An injury to the mouth and jaws: In the case of accidents involving the teeth, please call your family dentist or orthodontist immediately.  Depending on severity, please call 911.
  • A cemented appliance that becomes dislodged: In case of an orthodontic emergency, please call our office.


  • Loose bracket or loose band: If the bracket or band is still attached to the wire, leave it in place. If uncomfortable, cover with wax.  If it comes out completely, bring it with you to the next appointment. Do not connect headgear or elastics to a loose band.
  • Loose tie wire or elastic tie: Notify the assistant at your next appointment.
  • Headgear or appliance does not fit: Notify the assistant at your next appointment.
  • Soreness from braces: Rinse the mouth with warm salt water.  If necessary, take the pain reliever that you would use for a headache or similar discomfort.
  • Wire out of tube: Try to place wire back into tube with tweezers.  Place wax if uncomfortable.
  • Poking wire tie: Bend wire tie back with a spoon or pencil eraser.  If unsuccessful, cover with wax.
  • Poking arch wire: Cover with wax or wet cotton.

For any of the above, please notify our office so that we can address your needs.

Prompt repairs will help ensure that treatment stays on schedule.