Life with Braces

Welcome To Our Practice

We are committed to excellence and look for patients who are equally committed to meeting their responsibilities by cooperating and following instructions.  We will be part of your family for a long time; therefore, Dr. Allen, Dr. Gaynier, and staff are dedicated to providing patients with quality orthodontic care so that:

  1. Your new smile will enhance your appearance.
  2. Your well being and self-confidence will increase with the changes.
  3. Treatment will make it easier to maintain your future dental health.

What you can EXPECT from us:

  • CLEANLINESS
  • CARING
  • PROMPTNESS
  • GOOD LISTENERS
  • PROFESSIONALISM
  • AVAILABLE
  • A FUN EXPERIENCE
  • KEEPING YOU INFORMED

What we EXPECT from you to give you that BEAUTIFUL, HEALTHY SMILE:

  1. Keep your appointments or call ahead of time if you cannot make your appointment.
  2. Be on time.
  3. Follow instructions/cooperation.
  4. If you have a problem, call us for a specific time versus just showing up and having to wait.
  5. Give us your input.
  6. If you like how you are treated, please make it a point to send us your friends.

OUR OBJECTIVES are to:

Provide high quality orthodontic care in a loving and caring manner, in a fun atmosphere that is enriching to all and making this care affordable.

Each patient is unique, it is important to maintain good communication with Dr. Allen, Dr. Gaynier, and staff.  We make every effort to explain the specifics of your treatment.

Feel free to inquire about any aspect of your treatment.  A full understanding and cooperation between patient and our practice is essential for good results.  We are looking forward to working with you to achieve your goal of a beautiful, healthy smile.  We will make your experience in the office so special and so different that you will not want your family or friends to go anywhere else for their orthodontic treatment!

WHAT TO EXPECT

Soreness

You can expect your teeth to be a bit sore the day your braces are placed and after some of the appointments.  When we say “sore”, we do not mean that you will experience a great deal of pain.   There may also be slight discomfort when you eat, which is also normal.  Good brushing techniques help reduce the discomfort and allow the teeth to move faster.

Warm salt-water rinses will help your mouth feel better.  If you feel you need something for pain, take whatever medication you would normally take for a headache.  Most discomfort will go away within a few days.

Mouth Irritation

Sometimes the braces will rub against and irritate the inside of your mouth and gums.  We will give you wax to place on the brackets that are causing irritation to protect the tissue.  Use wax whenever you need it throughout your treatment.  When you need a new supply, you can ask for some at your appointments.

Problems or “SOS’s”

Tie Wire Poking:  If a wire pokes you, you can fix it yourself by pushing it back into position with the tip of your toothbrush or a pencil eraser.  If you cannot do this yourself or if it falls off, call us.  Meanwhile, apply wax to the bracket.

Loose Band: Call us at once if a band is loose or has come off.

Loose Bracket: Again, call us immediately for an appointment.

Broken Archwire: Cover any poking ends with wax and call the office.  Do not remove the archwire, if at all possible.

Broken, Bent or Lost Appliances: Call the office for further instructions.

Nearly all of the above problems can be avoided by staying away from the foods listed on your food list.  Remember that broken braces mean longer treatment time and can compromise the end result.  Call us if any of these problems occur, so that we can correct the problem as soon as possible.

Food List

Congratulations on your new appliances!  To make your treatment more comfortable and very easy we ask that you to stay away from a few foods.

Hard Foods

  • Ice
  • Hard Candy
  • Whole Raw Carrots
  • Whole Apples
  • Hard Crusty Bread            
  • Popcorn
  • Tostadas
  • Fritos
  • Hard Tacos
  • Etc...

Sticky Foods

  • Caramel
  • Taffy
  • Gummy Bears
  • Etc...

Suggestions to help you avoid breakage:

  • Cut meat into small pieces.
  • Cut hard vegetables and fruits into pieces.
  • Watch out for foods with nuts (crunchy peanut butter, etc.).
  • Avoid bad habits like nail biting, picking at your wires and chewing on pens and pencils.

There will be repair charges after repetitive broken appliances, so be sure to be careful.  Repairing broken braces and arch developers results in extra time and materials.  We ask that you call if anything does break so that we can get you in as soon as possible and you will not have to wait. 
Use your wax and keep your teeth and gums clean!

Eating with Braces

Don't worry, you'll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.

Foods to avoid with braces:

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Foods you CAN eat with braces:

  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake

Soreness Caused from Braces and Appliances

When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater).

If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever. It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. We would be happy to give you some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need some wax, please let us know.

Loose Teeth

If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don't worry; this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.

Loose Wires and Bands

The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.

You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.

Take Care of Your Appliances

Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your doctor.

Playing Sports with Braces

Game, Set, Match — we have great news for athletes! You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it's recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance. Let your doctor know if you need help finding the right mouthguard for the best protection.

In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and appliance for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort by applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.

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