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Welcome to the wonderful world of orthodontics!


Our orthodontic patients can eat almost any foods without damaging their braces or appliances. However, there are types of foods that should be avoided since they may damage the braces or appliances. They are constructed of stainless steel and very durable, but abusive wear can damage and/or loosen the brackets.

Stay away from:

1.  Hard Foods they damage the appliances by loosening the cement which fastens the bands to the teeth, by bending wires or breaking the brackets and other attachments on the bands and teeth.
2.  Sticky Foods they distort and deform wires and dislodge the cemented bands and brackets. Gum should not be chewed. It can damage the appliances and can precipitate temperomandibular joint problems.
3.  Crunchy Food such as uncooked vegetables and raw fruits should be sliced into thin wedges or pieces which are less likely to do damage. If corn on the cob is eaten, it should be sliced from the cob and great care should be taken.

Hygiene

•  As you know, many of the foods available have high sugar contents and it is important to brush your teeth after eating. This will help prevent the possibility of decay. Poor hygiene (not brushing and flossing enough) can increase the chance of permanent marks on the teeth or cavities after the braces are removed.
•  If you have problems with oral hygiene, we will do everything we can to help you keep your teeth clean. Please take your time when brushing your teeth, so you will keep that healthy bright smile.
If you eat lunch at school/work, it is a good idea to brush after eating. If this isn’
•  t possible, try to rinse your moth after eating to help remove food particles.
•  If three consecutive appointments are had with poor oral hygiene, Dr. Hernandez will request for you to have an extra cleaning scheduled. These measures will not substitute for effective home care on a daily basis.

Long or poking wires, soreness, and discomfort are bound to happen. Ortho wax will be a great tool during your time with braces to help when a wire or bracket is bugging you. Don’t hesitate to call us with questions about whether it would be best for you to come in for an appointment for us to fix what is giving you discomfort.

This information is designed to aid in your experience with braces. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at (920) 739-6808.

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2612 E. Calumet Street
Appleton, WI 54915-4104
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