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Home Care: Braces

Eating Habits

Foods that can dislodge the braces or that can lead to decay should be avoided. these would include hard, crunchy foods, candy and sugared, carbonated beverages. Also beware of nail biting and pen or pencil chewing habits, since these can damage your braces.

Caring for your Braces

How to care for your braces, by orthodontist in Louisville KY
  • Check braces once a week for anything loose or bent.
  • If a bracket or band comes loose or you break a wire, please call our office so that we can arrange an appointment long enough to repair it. Try to explain what has happened by using the diagram provided. Be as specific as possible with the receptionist.
  • If you lose your rubber bands, call us so we can mail you some more or drop by the office and pick some up.

Sore Teeth

After braces are placed in the mouth it is normal for the teeth to be sore for about 2 or 3 days. Tylenol or Advil will help relieve this discomfort. Some irritation to the cheeks and tongue is normal, but if you feel anything sharp is poking you or any sores are developing, please call our office at 895-0474.

Elastics

Elastics on Braces, provided by our orthodontist in Louisville KY

Attached to your braces, elastics (rubber bands) exert the proper force that creates the right amount of pressure to move teeth. In order for this force to remain constant, elastics must be worn all the time and changed every day. Any time missed in wearing your elastics will only make your treatment take longer, so remember these things:

  • You are responsible for placing the elastics on your braces between appointments. Make sure to wear them as instructed. Remove them only when brushing your teeth, gums and braces after meals. Then put them back on immediately.
  • Always carry a few elastics with you, so if one breaks you can replace it right away. If your supply is low, call the office and we will mail you an additional supply of elastics.
  • If you forget to insert your elastics one day, don't double up the next day � just follow your regular instructions.
  • Elastics become worn out. When they lose their elasticity, they don't provide the proper pressure on your teeth and jaws. It is very important to change them at least twice a day, even when they are not broken.
  • If your elastics break frequently, a wire or band loosens, or a hook breaks off � call our office immediately. Don't wait until your next appointment. These problems need to be corrected as soon as possible!