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More Helpful Information

Receiving orthodontic care can become confusing. In order to alleviate some concerns you may have, we have provided a number of helpful brochures and pieces of information. If you can't find the answer to your question either here or on our frequently asked questions page, please feel free to contact us.

Orthodontic Care Instructions

Always use a soft bristle brush. We recommend brushing after every meal. If you can't brush after lunch at school, try to rinse. Brush very carefully at night before you go to sleep. NO SNACKS after your final brushing. Brush with a rotating motion between the gums and your braces. Electric, spin or rotating brushes are fine.

Water Pik
Use it once a day. Every day! Helps to remove food and plaque. Don't put the pressure up too high. Place the tip of the water pik between your teeth, hold it there for 5 seconds and move to the next tooth. Use warm water and if you like you can put a small amount of mouthwash in the water. Best to use it after your final brushing at night. We recommend Water Pik or any other oral irrigating device.

Helps if you feel a wire poking your cheek or a sharp edge on your braces. Pull off a small piece of the wax, roll it in a ball and place it directly on the sharp edge. Call us if you have a broken wire or a bracket has come off.

Products Available Over the Counter

Helps to heal irritations in your mouth. Rinse 2 teaspoons or contents of sample packet in your mouth for at least 1 minute, then spit out. You may use it up to 4 times a day.

Use for canker and mouth sore pain. Apply directly to affected area up to 4 times daily.

Disclosing Tablets
A good way to check to see how well you are brushing your teeth. Chew one-half of each tablet, swish around your mouth and spit out. Look in the mirror to check for any pink areas on your teeth (don't worry, your tongue will be bright pink). If you see pink areas on your teeth, these are the areas you are missing with your tooth brush. Brush again especially in those areas. Use them once a week. Remember, concentrate brushing the areas where the gums and teeth meet.

Food for Orthodontic Thought

The No-No List – Things you can't eat, chew, or anything:

  • Ice – A thousand times NO! It will destroy your braces.
  • Pizza Crust – The hard crust bends wires. Be very careful.
  • Hard Pretzels – Bends wires, loosens bands, knocks off brackets. Break pretzels into pieces.
  • Caramel Candy or Gum – Any sticky goo will pull off wires and feed the bacteria in your mouth. Nobody wants to help the bacteria.
  • Hard Rolls, Bagels, Bones – Bends the wire and knocks off brackets.
  • Corn-on-the-Cob – Cut it off the cob.
  • Slim Jims – Tough.
  • Hard Candy – You might weaken and bite.
  • Nuts – NO nuts of any kind.
  • Ribs – Knocks off brackets.
  • Pens and Pencils – Favorite exam time food breaks everything.
  • Popcorn – The little shells get between the gum and band – hurts like crazy.
  • Raw Carrots, Celery, Apples, Pears – Hard as rocks. Cut up into small pieces.

Eating these foods will loosen braces, but you may not discover the problem until hours or days later. Loose bands, broken wires and detached brackets cause a longer treatment time.

Click here to download a printable version of this list to hang on your fridge.

Orthdontist | Stamford, CT

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Brochures and Forms

New Patient Form (Child)
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New Patient Form (Adult)
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Acknowledgment of Privacy Practices
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Your First Days in Orthodontic Treatment
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Responsibility and Cooperation
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