Brushing & Flossing Instructions
Brush everywhere, especially along the gum line (above and below the braces).
Thread the floss behind the wire and floss between every tooth.
Don’t let this happen to you!
1Following eating instructions to prevent damage to orthodontic appliances is an essential part of your treatment. Every time you break an appliance, you are adding AT LEAST one visit to your overall treatment time.
2 You should wear a mouth guard while playing contact sports. Not doing so can also result in broken brackets/appliances. Make sure to purchase one that is designed for braces. Regular mouth guards can damage orthodontic appliances and may also prevent tooth movement.
3 If your brackets and/or appliances do happen to break, make sure to call the office and let us know so that we can allocate an appropriate amount of time to repair your appliances during your next visit.
4 You MUST brush your teeth after EVERY MEAL and floss AT LEAST once a day. Not doing so will result in cavities, gum disease, and permanent white spots on your teeth.
5 You should see your general dentist for cleanings and check-ups AT LEAST once every 6 months.
6 If your treatment requires the use of rubber bands (elastics) and/or other appliances, it is important you follow directions as provided. If you do not follow our instructions, your treatment can be delayed significantly.
7 Wearing retainers after braces is an important part of orthodontic treatment. If you do not follow the provided instructions with retainers, we guarantee that your teeth and bite will shift back.
8 Solutions to simple emergencies can be found on our website at www.simonorthodontics.com.
9 Have fun and enjoy your time in braces! If you follow the tips above, we guarantee you will have a beautiful smile and healthy bite in the end that you will love to show off to everybody!!!
Eating Habits with Braces
Following proper eating instructions is an essential part of orthodontic treatment. Not following these instructions can result in broken orthodontic appliances which will significantly delay your orthodontic treatment. Broken brackets and other appliances can also cause discomfort to the inside of your cheeks, lips, and other soft tissues. If you have any doubt about eating something, it is better to avoid it.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE JUST SOME EXAMPLES AND THE LISTS DO NOT INCLUDE EVERYTHING.
FORBIDDEN HARD FOODS:
EAT WITH CAUTION:(cut into small pieces)
FORBIDDEN STICKY FOODS:
DO NOT CHEW ON: