Caring for Braces

At EA Smiles, you are more than just a patient – you are part of our family! Whether you’re an adult, adolescent, or child, our knowledgeable doctors and staff are committed to helping you during treatment to achieve the smile you deserve.

We’ll provide you with all the information you need to properly care for your braces. We’re also here for you, should any problems arise.

Oral Hygiene 

Brushing Techniques

Flossing with Superfloss

Brushing with Proxabrush

Wax (Patient Comfort)

A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the Proxabrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The Proxabrush will help you clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Peroxyl, a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse, will reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. Peroxyl helps to prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of Peroxyl (half a capful) for one minute and then spit it out. You may use Peroxyl up to four times daily following your schedule for brushing: after meals (or after school) and before bed. Just like using peroxide for a scrape on your skin, Peroxyl helps the inside of your mouth heal. Peroxyl can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor temporary injuries to the gums.
Phos-Flur is a sodium fluoride gel that helps prevent tooth decay by killing bacteria and replacing minerals in tooth enamel that have been exposed to harmful acids. The use of Phos-Flur does not replace daily brushing and flossing but should be done following your daily schedule at bedtime. Place a small strip of Phos-Flur on a toothbrush and apply it to your teeth for one minute and spit it out. The active ingredient needs to stay on your teeth for 30 minutes, so you will need to refrain for eating and drinking for half an hour.
Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, soak the appliance daily. Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak your appliance once every day. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.

What to Do in Case of Emergency

Call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately if you need an appliance repaired.

Loose Brackets or Bands

Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. We will advise if you may need to cut a wire or slide a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If deemed necessary, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so we may schedule an appointment for you.

Wire Irritations

Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, you may cover the end with a small piece of cotton or wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.

Lost Separators

Most patients lose a separator during treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness, or discomfort. Acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers can help. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce soreness in your jaws.

Foods to Avoid During Treatment

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

Gum (sugar-free or regular)
Sugar Daddies
Tootsie Rolls

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

Hard taco shells
French bread crust/rolls
Corn on the cob
Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
Jolly Ranchers
Pizza crust

Minimize Sugary Foods Such As:

Ice Cream

Limit to Once a Day:

Sweetened tea
Drinks with sugar

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