LIVING WITH BRACES

Getting braces is exciting for anyone, whether you’re 70 or seven. Knowing what to expect can help you make your experience a success from day one. At Clauss Orthodontics, we want you to be sure of what’s involved from self-care to maintenance, so that you can enjoy a beautiful smile in as little time as necessary.

WHAT TO EXPECT WITH TREATMENT

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ORAL HYGIENE AND HOME CARE

Because fixed orthodontic appliances mean more surface area for plaque to attach to, it’s very important to re-vamp your brushing and flossing routine. Here are a few things that you may want to consider:

  • Invest in an electric toothbrush, allowing you to clean more surface areas in the same amount of time
  • Experiment with different types of floss threaders
  • Consider using a water flosser instead of traditional floss
  • Brush after each meal to prevent plaque accumulation around your appliances
  • Mouth rinse is not a substitution for brushing 
  • Purchase a proxy-brush to brush between brackets 

Teenagers should pay special attention to clean around and between their brackets, as well as under wires. Otherwise, plaque accumulation can start to etch away at the tooth enamel, leaving permanent “white circles” visible on the teeth once their braces come off.

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DIET RESTRICTIONS

Avoid sticky, hard, crunchy, or acidic foods, as these can cause brackets to fall off of your teeth. Consider chopping foods into small pieces or steaming produce to make it gentler on your braces.

Examples of foods that might need to be avoided, include lemons, ice, whole apples, nuts, and candies like caramel or taffy.

With Invisalign treatment, there are no diet restrictions, although the aligners will need to be taken out when eating or drinking a sugary drink.

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FLUORIDE SUPPLEMENTS

If you have a history of frequent cavities, Dr. Clauss or your family dentist may recommend adding a prescription strength fluoride gel to your daily hygiene routine. This supplement can help to remineralize areas around your brackets, so that you’re not left with decalcified areas on your teeth after your braces come off.

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ORTHODONTIC EMERGENCIES

We do our best to equip our patients with the information necessary to ensure that orthodontic emergencies do not occur. But should something happen, our office has a 24-hour answering service available for you to reach us.

On the day that you first get your braces, we’ll review common problems (such as broken brackets or wires) so that you can be well equipped to handle such a situation.

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FOLLOW UP APPOINTMENTS

In order for braces to straighten your teeth, Dr. Clauss will need to adjust them every 6-8 weeks. Keeping these appointments is an important part of completing your treatment within the specified timeframe.

We ask that when at all possible, you contact us within at least 24 hours should you need to cancel or reschedule. This allows us to accommodate the unique scheduling needs of other families and individuals such as yourself.

Awesome experience with my daughters first appointment this week. We even just received a super sweet personalized note in the mail! All staff made her feel comfortable as she was a little hesitant.
MELISSA M.

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