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Cleaning bracesIn order to make sure that your orthodontic treatment is completed on time, it’s important to properly care for your braces. We know that it can be a tough adjustment, but your braces are temporary and the benefits can last a lifetime! We want to make sure you know how to properly care for your braces so that you can enjoy the results.

How to Care For Your Braces

Below are a few ways you can make sure that your braces are properly cared for and your orthodontic treatment is completed on time.

Eating

For the first few days after you have your braces put on, we suggest sticking to softer foods. This will allow the brackets to have enough time to bond to the teeth. Below is a list of foods to avoid while you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment:

  • Sticky foods like caramel, taffy, and gum
  • Crunchy foods like ice chips, popcorn, and tortilla chips
  • Hard foods like nuts, and hard candy
  • Chewy foods like hard rolls, licorice, and bagels
  • Non-food items like pencils, fingernails, and pen caps
  • Foods you have to bite into like apples, corn-on-the-cob, and carrot sticks

Caring For Your Teeth

While undergoing orthodontic treatment, it’s important that you’re still visiting your general dentist regularly for cleanings and exams to keep your teeth healthy. Additionally, you should be consistently wearing any prescribed headgear, rubber bands, or any other appliances. Neglecting to care for your teeth properly or follow Dr. Kuhni’s instructions can result in a lengthened treatment time.

Brushing With Braces

Braces make it more important than ever to brush and floss your teeth every day. We know that flossing can include a few more steps when you’re wearing braces, but it’s worth it to clean your teeth. Braces can trap food particles against the teeth and it’s vital that you brush and floss these particles away in order to avoid dental cavities or tooth decay during orthodontic treatment.

Sports

Please let us know if you or your child participates in sports before receiving your braces. A custom, protective mouthguard can be created for you to protect your mouth, teeth, and braces in the event of an injury during sports.

Lose Bands or Wires

Occasionally a wire or band will come loose from your braces. Don’t be alarmed; this problem is easily fixable. Until you can visit our office to get it fixed, use dental wax to avoid getting poked by the loose wires. Call our office immediately and we’ll make sure to fit you in as quickly as we can.

Emergencies

The following would be considered orthodontic emergencies:

  • Severe pain
  • Loose bands
  • Loose brackets
  • Broken wire
  • Any other problem regarding loose equipment or pain

For more questions regarding the care of your braces, please don’t hesitate to contact Kuhni Orthodontic Studio. Our orthodontic office is located here in Spanish Fork, Utah. We are excited to see you! Serving orthodontic patients of Spanish Fork, Mapleton, Palmyra, Lake Shore, Benjamin, Springville, and Salem.

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