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Dr. Clemente’s Guide to Wearing Braces

Congratulations on getting started achieving your most amazing smile with your new braces! Now that you’ve visited our orthodontist in New Brunswick, Piscataway or Bound Brook to have braces put on your teeth, it’s important that you know how to properly care for them. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide that will help make sure your time spent wearing braces will be a pleasant, trouble-free and even fun time!

Eating With Braces

When you have braces on your teeth, it’s important to steer clear of all those foods and snacks that can loosen bands and brackets, and snap wires. Generally, common sense will tell you what you can and cannot eat during your treatment. But just to be sure, you should avoid eating hard & crunchy foods like nuts, hard taco shells and popcorn and steer clear of sticky treats like gummy bears, tootsie rolls, and caramels. Just be sure to follow the directions we gave you when we put your braces on, regarding what should and shouldn’t eat.

To avoid developing tooth decay while you’re wearing braces, limit your consumption of sugary snacks and beverages. If you enjoy drinking soda, juice, and other beverages containing sugar, limit your consumption of these sweet drinks to just once per day.

It’s also important not to bite your nails or chew on things like pens or pencils as these habits can damage your braces.

Dealing with Soreness

After Dr. Clemente places the braces on your teeth, your teeth and mouth may feel sore and tender. Your brackets may even rub against the inside of your cheeks to cause irritation and discomfort. All these things are normal when you first start wearing braces. A good way to alleviate a sore spot is to place some orthodontic/dental wax on the part of your braces that is rubbing the inside of your cheek. Then just contact us for further directions.

To relieve any discomfort you’re feeling, you can gargle with lukewarm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water), or take acetaminophen or another non-aspirin pain reliever. If your jaws are sore, you can place a heating pad or warm cloth on your face over the area to alleviate the soreness.

If you notice that your teeth feel loose, don’t panic! This is normal as your teeth must loosen in order to be moved into their new positions.

Loose Brackets, Bands, and Wires

Usually, loose brackets, bands and wires are caused by eating the wrong foods. If a band, bracket, or wire does loosen, call us for a repair appointment. If a band or bracket comes completely off, save the part so you can bring it with you.

If a wire is sticking out or causing irritation, you can temporarily fix it by gently pushing it back in place using the eraser of a pencil or the back of a spoon. You can apply some dental wax to the end of the wire if it’s still causing you discomfort. Then get in touch with us asap so we can set up a repair appointment.

Wear a Mouthguard When Playing Sports

If you play sports, be sure to wear a protective mouthguard that’s made to fit over your braces to protect your teeth and appliances. Our practice offers custom mouthguards that fit comfortably over braces and provide great protection. Just give us a call for an appointment so we can take an impression of your teeth and have a custom mouthguard made for you.

If you experience any trauma to your face while being active, check your braces for damage right away. If you notice that something is loose or broken, call us for an appointment. If you have any discomfort while you’re waiting to see us, you can take a non-aspirin pain reliever like acetaminophen.

Patient Cooperation is Key to Successful Treatment

When you’re wearing braces, your cooperation is key to successful treatment. Be sure to follow all the instructions we give you about your Piscataway braces so your treatment stays on track. If you don’t follow all the instructions we give you, the time you spend wearing braces may be prolonged. It’s very important to take good care of your braces as broken appliances require more fees and additional appointments. In some cases, broken appliances can also cause unwanted tooth movement which can make treatment longer.

If you have any questions about your braces, please get in touch with us as we’re always more than happy to speak with you!

Interested in Starting Treatment? Request An Appointment Today!

Dr. Clemente offers exceptional, individualized orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages at our three office locations in New Jersey. Whether you’re looking for a provider of braces near Bound Brook for your child or need an orthodontist in New Brunswick or Piscataway to improve your own smile with Invisalign, you can rest assured that we can meet all your family’s orthodontic needs!

Just contact us at any of our offices to schedule your first visit. Call (732) 985-1666 to reach our Piscataway office, call (732) 545-0093 to reach our New Brunswick office or (732) 469-1345 to reach our Bound Brook office to set upĀ  your appointment. We look forward to meeting you soon!