Care of Braces

Orthodontic Technology
Existing McElhinney & Brea Orthodontic Patients

Welcome to Wearing Braces

What To Expect

For the first few days, you may experience some discomfort. It is normal for your teeth to feel an all over “achiness”.   Take what you would normally take for a headache (Advil, Tylenol etc…), discomfort lasts on average 1-2 days.

Your lips and cheeks may have some irritation or sore spots. Normally the area will toughen or “callus” after a few days. Give us a call if the area continues to be an issue, and try to dry the area of the braces that is rubbing and cover it with generous amounts of wax.

Brushing Your Teeth & Braces
Brush as soon as possible after eating. If you are unable to brush after eating, it is important to rinse thoroughly with water to remove any food or debris, then brush as soon as possible afterward.

You should be brushing at least 3 TIMES A DAY for 3 minutes.

Position your toothbrush bristles at a 45-degree angle towards brackets, down toward brackets and up toward gum line to remove ALL food and plaque.

When you are done brushing, look closely in the mirror making sure everything is clean and shiny.  Floss 1 time a day, preferably before you go to bed.  Thread floss under the wire between each tooth. Rinse with an alcohol-free mouth rinse.

REMEMBER: The healthier your teeth and gums are, the faster your teeth will move.

Food To Avoid
The amount of time you wear braces depends a lot upon you! Your treatment will be slower if your braces come loose from your teeth or if you bend or break your wires.

  • Don’t eat foods that are hard, sticky, or chewy.
  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks.

Try to avoid, reduce or eliminate as many of these types of foods.  Some examples are as follows:

  • Tic Tacs, Popcorn or Taffy
  • Candy, Gum (even sugar-free) & Soda
  • Nuts, Caramel, & Sports Drinks
  • Pizza Crust, Gummy Candy, & Energy Drinks
  • Corn Chips and Pretzels

Good for You Foods: Must be cut small or cooked:

  • Corn on the cob (cut corn off cob)
  • Apples and pears (must be cut up)
  • Carrots and celery (cut into thin strips)
  • Broccoli or Cauliflower (cooked or cut into strips)