Monday, February 21, 2011


Foods that cannot be cleaned off the braces may lead to discoloration and decay of your teeth. Even though our braces and wires are metal, they are fragile and are usually damaged by eating the wrong foods, thus taking us longer to finish your treatment and sometimes leading to compromised results.

Absolutely No

Sticky Foods Caramels, salt water taffy, candy apples, gummy bears, toffee, licorice,      Tootsie rolls, or anything sticky!

Hard Foods Hard candy, nuts, pretzels, pizza crust, popcorn, corn on the cob,     ice(even to suck)

Any and all bulky foods (vegetables, subs, steak, chicken, etc) are cut into small pieces. Anything still hard, even in a small piece, should not be eaten.


Remember, too many broken appliances will hurt your treatment!

Problem Home Solution

Loose Bracket If band or bracket is still attached to wire, leave it in place. If it is uncomfortable, place wax on it, or if you think you can, unhook it from the wire. If it comes out completely, bring it to your next appointment.

Loose Wire Try to place the wire back in place either with your fingers or tweezers. If that is not possible, clip the wire with nail clippers right behind the last tooth with a brace on it. If any discomfort results from poking, place either wax or already chewed gum (only sugarless) on it.

Poking Wire Try to push the wire in with a spoon or eraser, or if not possible, Place wax or chewed gum on it as a cushion.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Brushing with Braces

Let's face it, getting your kids excited about brushing and flossing isn't easy. But it's important that they learn to properly care for their teeth, especially if they're in braces. Proper brushing and flossing can help avert tooth discoloration when braces come off. Additionally, food particles that get stuck in braces can cause cavities if they're not brushed or flossed away. Get your kids cleaning like pros by using these simple tips from the AAO.

Make it a routine. The best way to get your kids brushing is to get them on a schedule. Form a habit by urging them to brush and floss their teeth at the same time every day. Stick to this schedule like glue, and your kids will never skip an appointment with their toothbrush or "forget" to floss again.

Try an egg timer. Brushing isn't labor intensive, but it can seem that way to your kids. Make sure they spend enough time on their teeth by investing in an egg timer. Set it for a few minutes and have them brush until it buzzes. Add a fun or quirky timer to the mix, and the minutes will fly by. We found a cute version online shaped like a LEGO mini-figure head (available on the LEGO Web site. His face even changes as the timer rotates!). Simpler versions are available just about anywhere, or you can try a sand timer from an old board game if you're in a pinch.

Brush together. Brushing with your kids lets you demonstrate good habits first hand. Plus, you're there to help if things get tricky (flossing can be hard for small children!). Make it a fun, family experience by playing a short song while you brush. It helps keep track of time, and you can experiment brushing to the rhythm of different songs.

Don't overdo the toothpaste. Minty toothpaste is fine for adults, but some flavors may be harsh on small children's taste buds. Go light on the amount of toothpaste your child is using (aim for an amount the size of a pea), or buy children's toothpaste, which tastes less intense.

Roam the oral health care aisle. A brush that's loved is more likely to get used, so let your child pick out his or her own special brush at the store. Fun colors, familiar characters and musical toothbrushes can all be found in the oral health care aisle. Additionally, some of these brushes are battery-operated, which may give kids a plaque-busting boost. You can also find a variety of tools to help with flossing, many designed specifically for those with braces. Ask your orthodontist or orthodontic staff for advice on hygiene helpers, too.

©2010 American Association of Orthodontists

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Problems to Watch for in Seven Year Olds

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children have a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.

The AAO does not advocate comprehensive orthodontic treatment at age 7. However, interceptive treatment may be appropriate in the kinds of problems shown here:

Malocclusions, like these illustrated, may benefit from early diagnosis and referral to an orthodontist specialist for a full evaluation.

Information provided by the American Association of Orthodontists.


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