Life with Braces

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We’re excited for you to being your journey to a great smile! You are going to love how your teeth look when your braces come off and how proud you will be of all of your hard work and patience! Until then, be sure to follow some simple “Do’s” and “Don’ts” to make sure your orthodontic treatment is effective and ends on time.male orthodontist treating young patient

General Tips for Success:

  • Be careful with what you eat.

  • Maintain regular cleaning appointments with your general dentist.

  • Brush three to four times per day, use proper brushing techniques, and floss daily. Keeping your braces as pretty and shiny as the day you first got them will do the trick!

  • Keep all of your adjustment appointments.

  • Follow the instructions (wearing elastics, etc.) given by Drs. Weiss and Glassell.

Eating with Braces

Stay away from hard, chewy things like caramels, nuts, gummy bears, toffee, just to name just a few. Also, biting in to crunchy things like an apple or a thick pizza crust can loosen your brackets, so it’s best to cut them in to bite-sized pieces. We will allow sugarless gum however!

Brushing and Flossing

It's important to brush after every meal and ESPECIALLY to brush and floss before bedtime. Brushing with braces is a little more work than without but well worth the effort for how beautiful your teeth will look when the braces are removed. Be sure to angle the bristles of your toothbrush so that the bristles are able to work up under and around the brackets and the area between your gums and your braces. Not keeping this area clean is the most common reason for gums swelling and becoming uncomfortable.

There are many different types of floss that you can use to make your flossing easy and convenient. Whichever works for you is the best one to use, whether manually or one of the new power flossers on the market.

Experiencing discomfort?

If you keep your teeth good and clean and you are careful with what you eat (don’t use your teeth for any other habits, like biting your nails, opening things, etc.) you should experience very few, if any, breakages. Accidents DO happen, however, so in those situations you should place some wax on anything that might be sharp (if you are able to) or take a spoon or your finger and push any wires clear from causing any further damage. Then call our Memphis, West Memphis, or Millington orthodontic office as soon as possible. We will always have someone available to answer your call and notify Dr. Weiss or Dr. Glassell (if it is after hours) who will contact you as soon as possible. 

During office hours, a member of our team will be able to help with suggestions to give you some relief, and we will see you as soon as possible to correct the problem. If you are uncomfortable after first getting your braces or an appliance, or even if you have had a difficult appointment, please don't hesitate to call us so we can make suggestions of ways to relieve your discomfort.

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