What you eat can “fuel” dental problems. Every time you eat foods containing sugars or starches, the bacteria in your mouth rapidly grow and produce acid which dissolve the tooth enamel to cause decay.
These acids can attack for 20 minutes or more each time your eat! So think about these points before you eat:
1. It’s important to avoid certain kinds of foods that can damage your braces.
2. Don’t eat nuts or other hard foods. They can bend the wires or break your brackets.
3. Stay away from sticky foods, too – such as chewing gum, caramel, popcorn, eclair.
Remember Breakage Delays Treatment.
- Hard candy
- chewing gum
- Crispy chips
- Dried fruit
- Do not suck on lemons, limes
- Cut foods like carrots, apples or hard bread, Pizza crust into bite-size pieces & chew from back teeth.
- Corn (should be cut off the cob)
- Never bite pizza, burger, apple, corn etc from front teeth.
- Nail biting
- Picking at your wires
- Playing with removable retainers with tongue
- Unnatural tongue thrusting
- Chewing on pencils
- Thumb sucking
Playing Sports While Wearing Braces
You can continue to participate in any sport you choose. When playing sports where there is a possibility of getting hit in the mouth, a specially designed mouthguard will need to be worn. The mouthguard, made of durable silicon, is designed to fit over your braces and will protect the soft tissues inside your mouth.Sports like boxing and wrestling should be avoided. Fighting should also be avoided.
- In order for force to remain constant, elastics must be worn all the time and changed as prescribed by the orthodontist. Any time missed in wearing your elastics will only make your treatment take longer, so remember these things:
- You are responsible for placing the elastics on your braces between appointments. Make sure to wear them as instructed. Remove them only when brushing your teeth and during meals. Then put your elastics back on immediately.
- Always carry a few elastics with you, so if one breaks you can replace it right away. If your supply is low, call us and we will provide you an additional supply of elastics.
- Elastics become worn out. When they lose their elasticity, they do not provide the proper pressure on your teeth and jaws. It is very important to change them as directed, even when they are not broken.
- If your elastics break frequently, a wire or band loosens, or a hook breaks off call us at +91 22 2567 8000-01 immediately. Do not wait until your next appointment. These problems need to be corrected as soon as possible.
Retainers are made out of wires , clasps and plastic and are constructed for the purpose of holding teeth passively after active teeth alignment with Braces. The other type of retainers which are currently very popular are the invisible retainer . as the name suggest they are not visible from a distance. They are placed after the fixed appliances have been removed, your teeth need to stabilize while the bone builds up around them. Since retainers are removable, their use and care is entirely dependent upon the patient. Strict attention to instructions is absolutely necessary.
Wearing your Retainers
- Your retainers should be worn ALL the time except when eating and brushing.
- When your retainers are not in your mouth, they should be kept in the box and in a safe place, do not put them on top of a table where they can get knocked off or in a pocket where they may be easily cracked.
- Keep them away from pets as they will very quickly chew them if given the opportunity.
- When you are eating away from the home, you must take them out but be sure NEVER, NEVER to wrap them in paper towel, napkin or tissue. This is the most common way of losing them. ALWAYS put them in the plastic box & ALWAYS KEEP THEM IN A SAFE PLACE!!!!!
- After the braces are removed, most patients must wear their retainers all the time, 24 hours a day. If your teeth seem stable after approx. 6 months, we will advise you to reduce the wearing time.
Adjusting to Retainers
- At first, your retainers will feel bulky. Speech may be a problem and sometimes they will cause a slight lisp. Practice reading loudly few hours a day to get used to the retainer.In a few days speech usually returns to normal, so don’t worry about it.
- The day after you receive your retainers your teeth may be a bit sore. This won’t last long . Should sore spots develop ,call us and we will adjust them.
Keeping Retainers Clean & Safe
- Retainers need to be cleaned 2-3 times a day and always after eating.
- Once or twice a month soak them in retainer cleaner( available at a chemist)
- Brush both sides of the retainer, use toothpaste too if you wish
- Dropping your retainer breaks it
- Flicking it up and down on you teeth ( playing with it )breaks the wires
- Don’t keep them in you pocket and sit on them
These retainers are delicate and require on-going maintenance. We advice not to bite anything from front teeth till these retainers are there, (if it has chipped off, or come away from any tooth) please call us immediately. We recommend these retainers be in place permanently (especially teeth are spaced to begin with and have high tendency to relapse), but for minimum period of two years. Please note that should you decide to remove these retainers there is always a chance that some shifting of teeth may occur. In that case you should at least wear your removable retainers.
For best results, please follow above instructions …..
- Never Skip your appointment for more than 2-3 weeks
- Brush your teeth preferably after every meal.
- AVOID eating sweets between meals unless the teeth can be cleaned immediately thereafter.
- AVOID chewing ice, hard or sticky candy, gum, and popcorn, playing with, or dislodging appliances.
- AVOID rough play where you could receive a blow to the face or could catch the appliances upon your clothing and dislodging or breaking them.
- Please notify the office IMMEDIATELY if the appliances are loose, lost or broken.
You will be glad that if you follow orthodontist’s directions exactly as told then,
You can get your braces off on time or even early.