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Eating with Braces

For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you'll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you'll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you're wearing braces.
 

General Soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces.
 

Loosening of Teeth

This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don't worry! It's normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new corrected positions.
 

Loose Wire or Band
Don't be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (back of spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.
 

Care of Appliances

To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must work together with Dr. Byczek. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.
 

Brushing

It's more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.
 

Athletics

If you play sports, it's important that you consult us for special precautions. A protective mouthguard is advised for playing contact sports. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, phone at once for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.

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We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have. Please call our office or use the quick contact form below.
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Testimonials

Couldn't ask for better! You guys are fantastic! Both my kids and I are receiving excellent care and treatment! My daughter had a few complications and and your staff could not be more accomodating or helpful in getting her taken care of immediately. Dr. Byczek and your entire staff are hands-down the most caring, compassionate people! And, I can't thank you enough for the beautiful smiles you are giving to my children!

Gunnar, patient and mom of patients

I love Dr. Byczek and all the workers! They have kids around my age so they know how to communicate and relate to what's going on in my life and how to handle having braces. They are also very friendly and we often have wonderful conversations.

Marley, patient

Dr. Byczek, I wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did for our son. His smile is fabulous and he's thrilled to have the braces off...getting loads of compliments from family and friends.

Todd, dad of patient

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