Keep Your Mouth Healthy And Happy

To get the healthy and beautiful smile that you want, you, your family dentist, and Dr. Sievers and Dr. Van Vooren will have to work together as a team.

As the patient, you a keystone role. It's up to you to make sure that your treatment is successful. Most importantly, you must keep your teeth clean and maintain good dental hygiene during your treatment.

Proper dental care will take a little extra time and effort, but the results are well worth it. This ensures the best possible outcomes from your treatment.

Cleaning Effectively

You will notice that it is much harder to keep your teeth clean with braces, as food becomes caught in the brackets and between your teeth.

  • Brushing after meals and flossing regularly will help prevent plaque from forming and should become part of your daily schedule.
  • Use a soft toothbrush and brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth in small circles above and below the brackets.
  • Your toothbrush will wear out faster because of your appliances, so be sure to replace it whenever the bristles start to fray.

If plaque remains on the teeth for any length of time, it can leave a permanent white scar on the surface.

A waterpik or an electric toothbrush can be a useful addition to regular cleaning, however, please continue to see your dentist at least every 6 months for regular dental cleanings.

Flossing with braces takes a few minutes to master, but the effort is well worth it!

The first step to flossing is getting the floss under the wire that connects the braces together. A floss threader will help you get the dental floss underneath your archwires. You can also use pre-cut dental floss which has stiff ends that make it easy to insert underneath archwires.

Once the floss is under the archwire it can be wrapped around the tooth on one side. The floss is then pushed up toward the gum line and then pulled down toward the wire. This should be repeated four to five times to ensure all plaque is removed.

Be careful not to put too much pressure on the wire as you pull down! Then wrap the floss around the neighboring tooth. Once both teeth are done, the floss is pulled out and the process repeated for the next teeth over.

If you find a problem, contact Embrace Orthodontics to see if it needs to be checked out and if we need to schedule a time to make a repair.

We know this can feel like a lot, so if you need help with any of this, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Sievers or Dr. Van Vooren for help!

Keep Healthy Eating Habits

Embrace Orthodontics recommends that you avoid hard foods, including:

  • Nuts
  • Ice
  • Crisp taco shells
  • Whole apples and carrots (cut them into pieces first)
  • Hard French bread crust and rolls
  • Spare ribs
  • Corn on the cob (cut the corn off the cob before eating)
  • Popcorn!

These foods can cause breakage of the brackets and wires.
Also, avoid nail-biting and pen- or pencil-chewing habits, since these can damage your braces.
Do not eat sticky foods like taffy, caramels, bubblegum or sticky candy of any sort.