Home Care

Foods to Avoid

Foods left around the braces may lead to decay and discoloration of your teeth. Your braces can be damaged by eating the wrong foods and will need repair, thus prolonging treatment.


  • Gum
  • Sticky Candy such as Caramels, Toffee, Licorice, and similar candies.
  • No Hard Foods such as whole apples, carrots, popcorn, corn on cob, pizza crusts, ice, and other hard food


  • Sweets and Candy
  • Soda Pop, Kool-aid and other drinks high in sugar.
  • Avoid chewing on pens, pencils, fingernails and ice.

Home First Aid

Loose Band or Bracket: If band or bracket is still attached to wire, leave in place. If uncomfortable, place wax on it. If it comes out completely, place in sandwich bag and bring in.

Loose Wire: Try to place wire back in place with tweezers. If that is not possible, clip wire with fingernail clippers behind last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If any discomfort, place wax on it.

Poking Wire: Try to push sticking wire down with a spoon or eraser. If not possible, place wax on it.

Soreness: Use warm salt water rinses and/or Tylenol or Advil (ibuprofen). At start of treatment, we give out a wafer to bite/clench between teeth which helps with the soreness of spacers.

Home Care:

Keeping your teeth clean for a lifetime is important. Recent studies show that poor dental hygiene may be a factor in heart disease.

Flossing: Insert floss behind arch wire using a floss threader. Gently clean sides of teeth and under gums with an up-and-down motion. Floss between all teeth once a day.


  • Use a soft toothbrush.
  • Take your time to brush thoroughly.
  • Brush 3 times a day after each meal.
  • Brush under, above, behind and around all surfaces of the teeth and braces.
  • Rinse mouth thoroughly after brushing.

See your general dentist every six months for check-ups.