Keep ’em clean on the go!
Bring your oral hygiene kit with you to school or work – these kits typically include a toothbrush,toothpaste, floss (to use between meals), and wax.
We provide our patients with an oral hygiene kit which includes all of the above plus more. And don’t forget to pick up a lip balm at our oral hygiene info table on your way out – since lips tend to get more chapped during orthodontic treatment.
Carry your oral hygiene kit with you at all times to keep your teeth & braces clean and healthy on the go! Learn more about how to maintain great oral hygiene here!
Eat clean + healthy
A diet high in sugars and starches attract those sugar bugs which can lead to decalcifications (white lesions) and decay. Try to stay away from excess refined sugars – especially soda pop which has both sugar and acid. Starchy foods like cookies, pastries and sugary cereals should also be limited.
Continue to enjoy all your favorite fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains – just make sure they are soft and braces-friendly. We also recommend lightly steaming your vegetable or cutting them into smaller pieces to enjoy.
Click the image above for 5 Healthy Smoothie recipes to kickstart your day, and see our Pinterest page for our favorite recipes compiled for you to enjoy!
If you’ve been instructed to wear rubber bands all of the time – make sure they are always on except for when you’re eating or brushing your teeth. You’ll want to change out your rubber bands about 3x daily (after each meal).
The more you wear them, the sooner you’ll be done with them! This may hurt sometimes, but with consistent wear the pain will go away. Wearing your elastics only part-time is actually more painful for a longer period of time – and will not achieve the results needed.
A good idea is to carry your elastics in an empty makeup compact, so you can easily find them in your bag – and use the mirror to easily place them! Learn more about your elastics here.
If one of your wires or brackets breaks, don’t panic. Don’t try to bend the wire or pull it out, which could make things worse.
Just cover any sharp edges with the wax (from you kit) or wet cotton, and call your orthodontist to schedule an appointment.
For more detailed instructions about how to handle emergencies, visit: tri-ortho.com/current-patients/emergencies
Even if you’re self-conscious about your braces, don’t be afraid to smile – people actually notice your mouth more when it’s clear that you’re trying to hide something.
Your braces are working hard towards helping you achieve your beautiful smile – so there’s no reason to be ashamed of them!
Tri-Valley Orthodontics is a family orthodontics practice serving San Ramon, Danville and the Tri-Valley area. We provide metal, clear ceramic and lingual braces, Invisalign, retainers and appliances. San Ramon Orthodontists Dr. Ko and Dr. Yoon provide comprehensive orthodontic care for children, teens & adults.