Life with Braces

At Ormiston Orthodontics, we want to give you all the tools and education necessary for a successful orthodontic treatment. Whether you’ve chosen traditional metal braces, clear braces, Damon® Smile self-ligating braces, or Invisalign® clear aligners, you’ve chosen to improve the overall quality of your life and oral health for the future.

Get the most out of your orthodontic experience and investment by learning the best ways to care for your teeth and appliances while you are in treatment.

Eating with Braces

In general, you should avoid anything sticky or hard. At the bonding appointment, Dr. Ormiston will give you an extensive list of foods to avoid. The list is not all-inclusive—you’ll need to exercise good judgement when choosing food. Many hard foods (apples, carrot, etc.) can still be eaten, they just need to be cut into smaller pieces.

In general, foods to avoid include:

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candy

Non-food items other than mouthguards, tooth brushes, and dental floss should not be placed in the mouth.

How Braces Work

Braces are cemented to the teeth in optimal positions. In situations where teeth are poorly aligned, the braces may look crooked. A titanium orthodontic wire is then threaded into the braces. As the wire springs back to its original form, it pulls the teeth into better alignment. As treatment proceeds, larger and stiffer wires are used to move the teeth.

The brackets (braces) and bands are fixed to the teeth with cement that is specifically designed to be strong enough to withstand the normal forces of daily life, but to allow easy removal of the braces once treatment is finished. If a bracket or appliance becomes loose, contact our Puyallup or Eatonville orthodontic office immediately so we can determine the appropriate timing of the repair. In some cases the repair may wait until your next scheduled appointment, while in other cases the repair should be made as soon as possible.

Braces Care

Brushing with braces requires extra care. It takes time to maneuver around the individual brackets, and flossing is more difficult because the floss needs to be threaded underneath the wire before it can be placed between the teeth. We provide all the tools necessary to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout treatment.

It is very important to clean around all sides of your appliances, especially between the braces and the gums. Mechanical toothbrushes often make brushing more efficient; either Sonicare™ or spin brushes are acceptable. Our Puyallup and Eatonville orthodontic offices also offer manual proxy brushes—a cleaning tool designed to fit underneath the wire to make plaque removal much easier and more efficient. Flossing with braces is also more difficult, however floss threaders are devices designed to help maneuver dental floss under the arch wire, and to make flossing easier.

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